Zinc and Immunity

  • Ananda S. Prasad
Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 11)


During the past decade considerable knowledge has accumulated concerning the role of zinc in cellular immunity. It has been known for many years that zinc deficiency in experimental animals results in atrophy of thymic and lymphoid tissue (Prasad and Oberleas, 1971). These changes are associated with a variety of functional abnormalities.


Zinc Deficiency Zinc Level Zinc Supplementation Natural Killer Activity Sickle Cell Anemia Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ananda S. Prasad
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and OncologyWayne State University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Harper HospitalDetroitUSA
  3. 3.Veterans Administration Medical CenterAllen ParkUSA

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