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Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 55–62 | Cite as

Dietary zinc deficiency has no effect on auditory brainstem responses in the rat

  • Jan Wensink
  • Hans Hoeve
  • Ingrid Mertens Zur Borg
  • Cornelis J. A. Van Den Hamer
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Abstract

Zinc has been shown to effect—in vitro—a number of processes associated with neurotransmission. We have tested whether the rate of impulse conduction—in vivo—as measured from the latencies of auditory brainstem responses (ABR), is influenced by dietary zinc deficiency in the rat.

Dietary zinc deficiency for up to 26 wk had no effect on the wave I–IV interval compared to zinc-adequate fed animals. The results are discussed in relation to the observed constancy of brain overall and extracellular fluid zinc concentrations under conditions of dietary zinc deficiency.

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Zinc deficiency effect on auditory brainstem responses auditory brainstem responses effect of zinc deficiency 

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© The Humana Press Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Wensink
    • 1
  • Hans Hoeve
    • 2
  • Ingrid Mertens Zur Borg
    • 2
  • Cornelis J. A. Van Den Hamer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiochemistry, Interfaculty Reactor InstituteTechnical UniversityDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, Faculty of MedicineErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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