Robert E. Serfass

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BACKGROUND Zinc and iron may share common pathways for absorption and compete for uptake into mucosal cells. We determined whether elevated ratios of zinc to iron would interfere with erythrocyte incorporation of iron in premature infants both during and between feeds. METHODS In the first experiment, five premature infants (<2500 g birth weight) were(More)
The effect of low dietary intake of zinc was studied in six normal infants with the use of 70Zn as an extrinsic tag. Of the two study formulas, one provided a zinc intake similar to that of customary infant formulas ("high" intake), whereas the other provided a "low" zinc intake. Two zinc absorption studies were performed with each formula (sequence:(More)
We hypothesized that treatment of very low birth weight premature infants with r-HuEPO would increase erythrocyte incorporation and gastrointestinal absorption of iron. Infants with birth weights < or = 1.25 kg and gestational ages < 31 wk were randomized to receive 6 wk of 500 U of r-HuEPO/kg/wk (epo group, n = 7) or placebo (placebo group, n = 7). All(More)
Increased intake of lutein from vegetables promotes increased density of the macular pigment and therefore may protect against age-related macular degeneration. Our objective was to use a 13C tracer and high-precision gas chromatography-combustion interfaced-isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC-C-IRMS) to investigate metabolism of a lutein dose equivalent to(More)
A method was developed for high-precision stable carbon isotope ratio analysis of lutein isolated from a C3 (marigold flower) and a C4 (corn gluten meal) plant source using gas chromatography-combustion interfaced isotope ratio mass spectrometry. The natural abundance of 13C (expressed as delta 13C versus the international standard, Pee Dee Belemnite, in(More)
BACKGROUND The use of microencapsulated ferrous fumarate sprinkles is a new approach for home fortification. Iron and hematologic status may affect the absorption of iron from sprinkles. OBJECTIVE The objective was to measure the absorption (corrected erythrocyte incorporation of (57)Fe) of 2 different doses of iron from sprinkles added to a maize-based(More)
Nutrient-nutrient interactions are an important consideration for any multiple-micronutrient formulation, including Sprinkles, a home-fortification strategy to control anemia. The objectives of this randomized controlled trial were as follows: 1) to compare the absorption of zinc at 2 doses given as Sprinkles; and 2) to examine the effect of zinc and(More)
The kinetics of fecal elimination and the extent of fractional absorption of intrinsic and extrinsic zinc from infant formula were studied in 11 human infants by using a direct, simultaneous dual-label method based on fecal monitoring of unabsorbed stable isotope labels. The relative positions of the two stable isotopic tags (67Zn, 70Zn) as extrinsic and(More)
Fractional absorption of extrinsic and intrinsic zinc from milk-based formulated diets was measured in 10 young women by using a simultaneous triple-isotope method based on fecal monitoring of unabsorbed enriched stable-isotope labels. Zinc intake was held nearly constant (mean zinc intake = 1.48 mumol.kg body wt-1.d-1) throughout the 18-d controlled(More)