Topographical Distribution of Arsenic, Manganese, and Selenium in the Normal Human Brain

Niels Agersnap Larsen, H. Pakkenberg, Else Damsgaard, Kaj Heydorn

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    Abstract

    The concentrations of arsenic, manganese and selenium per gram wet tissue weight were determined in samples from 24 areas of normal human brains from 5 persons with ages ranging from 15 to 81 years of age. The concentrations of the 3 elements were determined for each sample by means of neutron activation analysis with radiochemical separation. Distinct patterns of distribution were shown for each of the 3 elements. Variations between individuals were found for some but not all brain areas, resulting in coefficients of variation between individuals of about 30% for arsenic, 10% for manganese and 20% for selenium. The results seem to indicate that arsenic is associated with the lipid phase, manganese with the dry matter and selenium with the aqueous phase of brain tissue.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of the Neurological Sciences
    Volume42
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)407-416
    ISSN0022-510X
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1979

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