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Both zinc deficiency and supplementation affect plasma melatonin levels in rats

Bediz, C.S. and Baltaci, A.K. and Mogulkoc, R. (2003) Both zinc deficiency and supplementation affect plasma melatonin levels in rats. Acta Physiologica Hungarica, 90 (4). pp. 335-339. ISSN 0231-424X

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Abstract

At physiological levels, zinc and various hormones affect each other reciprocally. Reduction in zinc levels in pinealectomized rats suggests the relation between zinc and melatonin. The effect of both zinc deficiency and supplementation on plasma melatonin levels in rats were investigated in this study. The study was done in Selçuk University, Experimental Medicine Research and Application Center. Twenty-four adult male Sprague Dawley rats were divided into 3 groups. Eight rats were fed with zinc-deficient diet. Zinc supplementation was administered intraperitoneally to 8 rats. The remaining 8 rats were used as controls. All rats sacrificed 3 weeks later. Plasma melatonin and zinc levels were determined.  The plasma zinc levels of the zinc-supplemented group were higher than those of the other groups as expected (P<0.01). Similarly, the melatonin levels in the zinc-supplemented group were higher than those in the other groups. A significant decrease was observed in melatonin levels of the zinc-deficient group compared to the control and zinc-supplemented group (P<0.01). The results of this study suggest that zinc deficiency decreases the melatonin levels and zinc supplementation may increase the plasma melatonin levels in rats.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine / orvostudomány > R1 Medicine (General) / orvostudomány általában
Depositing User: xFruzsina xPataki
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2017 08:24
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 08:24
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/63964

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