Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 298, Issue 3, pp 1559–1566 | Cite as

INAA application in the assessment of Ag, Co, Cr, Fe, Hg, Rb, Sb, Sc, Se, and Zn mass fraction in pediatric and young adult prostate glands

  • Vladimir ZaichickEmail author
  • Sofia Zaichick


The effect of age on trace element contents in intact prostate of 50 apparently healthy 0–30 year old males was investigated by neutron activation analysis with high resolution spectrometry of long-lived radionuclides. Mean values (M ± SΕΜ) for mass fraction (milligram per kilogram, on dry-weight basis) of trace elements were: Ag 0.0708 ± 0.0096, Co 0.0348 ± 0.0040, Cr 0.466 ± 0.069, Fe 100 ± 10, Hg 0.0258 ± 0.0025, Rb 12.6 ± 0.8, Sb 0.0576 ± 0.0066, Sc 0.0125 ± 0.0016, Se 0.478 ± 0.031, and Zn 273 ± 31, respectively. A strongly pronounced tendency of age-related increase in Se and Zn mass fraction and of age-related decrease in Co, Cr, Fe, and Sc mass fraction was observed in period of life from 0 to 30 years.


Trace elements Pediatric and young adult prostate glands Neutron activation analysis 



The authors are grateful to the late Prof. A.A. Zhavoronkov, Institute of Human Morphology, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, for supplying prostate specimens.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radionuclide Diagnostics DepartmentMedical Radiological Research CentreObninskRussia
  2. 2.Department of Immunology and MicrobiologyNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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