Tissue distribution and excretion of copper-67 intraperitoneally administered to rats fed fructose or starch

J. Holbrook, M. Fields, J. C. Smith, S. Reiser

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Abstract

It has been suggested that impaired gut absorption of copper is the cause of the exacerbated copper deficiency signs in rats fed fructose when compared to rats fed starch. The present study was designed to examine how rats fed fructose or starch diets, either copper-deficient or supplemented, distributed and excreted 67Cu when the isotope was administratered i.p. Intraperitoneal administration was chosen in an effort to circumvent primary gut absorption as a factor in the metabolism of 67Cu. After 7 wk of dietary treatment, rats received an i.p. injection of 67Cu and were placed in metabolic cages for 4 d. Regardless of dietary carbohydrate, copper-deficient rats retained similar levels of radioactivity in various tissues and excreted similar amounts of 67Cu in feces and urine. This similarity in copper metabolism in copper-deficient rats fed either fructose or starch when the gut was circumvented for isotope administration suggests that the gut could be responsible, at least in part, for the exacerbated signs associated with the copper deficiency in rats fed fructose. The possibility is discussed that alterations in metabolism may increase the requirement for copper when fructose is the main dietary carbohydrate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-838
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nutrition
Volume116
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 23 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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