Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 255–263 | Cite as

Response of hepatic metallothionein to iron administration

Lack of correlation with serum corticosterone
  • Ann Petro
  • C. H. Hill


Female broiler chicks receiving an ip injection of Fe (10 mg/kg bw) were found to have a greatly increased level of hepatic metallothionein. The increase in metallothionein was not correlated with changes in serum corticosterone. Attempts to vary serum corticosterone levels by feeding metyrapone, an 11-β steroid hydroxylase inhibitor, were unsuccessful.

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Iron corticosterone metallothionein metyrapone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann Petro
    • 1
  • C. H. Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Poultry ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleigh

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