Models to Evaluate Health Risks Derived from Copper Exposure/Intake in Humans

  • Manuel Olivares
  • Ricardo Uauy
  • Gloria Icaza
  • Mauricio González
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 448)

Abstract

Copper (Cu) is essential for the survival of plants and animals. Animal and human studies have shown that Cu is involved in the function of several enzymes (Linder and Hazegh-Azam, 1996). Different studies have demonstrated that Cu is required for infant growth, host defense mechanisms, bone strength, red and white blood cell maturation, iron transport cholesterol and glucose metabolism, myocardial contractility, and brain development (Danks, 1988).

Keywords

Cholesterol Zinc Toxicity Osteoporosis Superoxide 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuel Olivares
    • 1
  • Ricardo Uauy
    • 1
  • Gloria Icaza
    • 1
  • Mauricio González
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Nutrition and Food TechnologyUniversity of ChileChile

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