Uptake of Radioactive Zinc in vitro by the Prostate


A HIGH concentration of zinc has been demonstrated in the prostate gland of many animals, especially in the dorso-lateral lobe of the rat1, in human prostate2 and spermatozoa. Because the radioactive isotope of zinc (zinc-65) at present available has a half-life of 250 days, it is unsuitable for studies in man, with the possible exception of cases with advanced malignant disease3.

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    Mawson, C. A., and Fischer, M. I., Nature, 167, 859 (1951).

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    Mawson, C. A., and Fischer, M. I., Biochem. J., 55, 696 (1953).

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    Daniel, O., Haddad, F., Prout, G., and Whitmore, W. F., Brit. J. Urol., 28, 271 (1956).

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TAYLOR, S. Uptake of Radioactive Zinc in vitro by the Prostate. Nature 179, 585 (1957) doi:10.1038/179585a0

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