The Interactions among Fe, Zn and Cu Affecting Liver Cu and Femur Zn Concentrations in the Rat

  • Dennis T. Gordon
  • Mark Ellersieck


Numerous studies have indicated that interactions can occur between each pair of the three transition elements, Fe, Zn and Cu (1). We have shown that a significant 3-way interaction does occur among these three elements which affected hemoglobin levels in the rat (2). The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of varying dietary concentrations of Fe, Zn and Cu on femur Zn and liver Cu concentrations in the growing rat.


Dietary Iron Dietary Zinc Copper Metabolism Dietary Concentration Dietary Copper 
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  1. Gordon, D.T. (1987) Interactions among iron, zinc and copper, in: Nutrition - 1987, FASEB, Washington, D.C. (in press)Google Scholar
  2. Gordon, D. T. (1985) Interactions among Fe, Zn and Cu affecting hemoglobin status in the rat. XIII International Congress of Nutrition. p. 154. (Abs.)Google Scholar
  3. Bremner, I. and Price, J. (1985) Effects of dietary iron supplements on copper metabolism in rats, In: “Trace Elements in Man and Animals - TEMA 6.” Mills, C. F., Bremner, I. and Chesters, J. K. ed. pp. 374–376. Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux Royal, United Kingdom.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis T. Gordon
    • 1
  • Mark Ellersieck
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Food Science and NutritionUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Agricultural Experiment StationUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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