Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 3441290
Neurosci Lett 1987 Dec; 83(1-2): 118-22
Copper, manganese and zinc were measured by flameless atomic absorption spectrophotometry in the developing brain of normal and quaking mice. The latter is a neurological mutant presenting early arrest of myelination. Copper concentration was increased by 200% between 10 and 20 days after birth and then leveled off in adult mice. Manganese concentration increased both in control mice and in quaking mice from 3 to 20 days by 200% and then decreased by 19% in control mice and 24% in quaking mice at adult age. Zinc increased by 93% in control and 173% in quaking mice between 10 and 20 days of age, and then progressively declined until 62 days. The mouse brain accumulates considerably all the 3 metals during early development. During the first 20 days, the augmentation is 6-fold for copper, 5-fold for manganese and 5.5-fold for zinc. In quaking, alterations are not very important.