Age-related changes in strontium to calcium ratios in rat tissues
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- Sugihira, N., Kobayashi, E. & Suzuki, K.T. Biol Trace Elem Res (1990) 25: 79. doi:10.1007/BF02990267
The Sr/Ca ratios in plasma, urine, bone, and soft tissues for various ages after weaning in male and female rats were determined to examine the effects of aging on the discrimination between strontium (Sr) and calcium (Ca) under physiological conditions. Age-related changes in the Sr/Ca ratios were similar in all tissues; the Sr/Ca ratios decreased rapidly until about 25-wk-old and then slowly, from that period on, reaching much lower values than in the diet. When the logarithm of the Sr/Ca ratio in each tissue was plotted against the logarithm of age, a linear relationship was observed with statistically significant (p<0.05) regression lines. The higher levels of Sr/Ca ratios in all tissues of the younger rats could be explained by the high efficiency of Sr absorption by the small intestine early in life. Parameters for the equations between age and Sr/Ca ratio differed with tissues, suggesting the existence of specific discrimination mechanisms in each tissue.