Molecular mechanisms of the epithelial transport of toxic metal ions, particularly mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic, zinc, and copper. Progress report, January 1, 1979-December 31, 1979. [3-week-old cockerels]
Description: The purpose of the present studies was to elucidate the mechanism of lead transport, and especially the particular similarities or dissimilarities between lead and calcium in this process. The absorption of these metals was determined in 3-week old White Leghorn cockerels, raised on a commercial diet or on a specified diet, using in vivo ligated loop procedure. The dose administered into the loop contained 0.5 ..mu..Ci /sup 203/Pb (and/or 0.1 ..mu..Ci /sup 47/Ca), and 0.01 mM lead acetate (and/or 1 mM CaCl/sub 2/) in 0.5 ml 0.15 M NaCl,pH 6.5. It was shown that lead is rapidly taken up by the mucosal tissue, and slowly transferred into the body, whereas less calcium is retained by the tissue and the transfer of calcium is many times as effective as that for lead. They appear to respond in a similar manner to a low calcium intake and vitamin D treatment. Certain differences were, however, observed in the absorption process. Increasing luminal stable lead concentration from 0.01 to 1.00 mM Pb, significantly reduced the percentage of radiolead absorbed, but did not affect the absorption of calcium. Also, vitamin D enhanced the transfer of plasma /sup 47/Ca into the lumen but did not affect the transfer of plasma /sup 203/Pb. Intravenous administration of 1,25(OH)/sub 2/CC to rachitic chicks enhanced calcium and lead absorption, but the maximal absorption of these metals occurred at slightly different times after administering this metabolite, and the effect on calcium outlasted that on lead, indicating that two different transport systems may be involved. It was concluded that lead is transported across the epithelial wall by a passive diffusion and this process is affected by vitamin D in a similar manner as this vitamin affects the diffusional component of calcium transport.
Date: January 1, 1979
Creator: Wasserman, R H
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