Oral contraceptive steroids: effects on iron and zinc levels and on tryptophan pyrrolase and alkaline phosphatase activities in tissues of iron-deficient anemic rats.


Weanling Wistar-strain female rats were fed a normal or an iron-deficient diet for 8 weeks and oral contraceptive steroids (OCS) were added for the last 4 weeks. Hemoglobin content, serum iron and zinc levels, liver iron levels, and tryptophan pyrrolase activities, and liver, kidney, and brain zinc levels and alkaline phosphatase activities were determined… (More)


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