Trace elements in man

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
E J Moynahan


It is likely that most, if not all, of the elements found to be essential in animals will be shown to be so for man, and the clinical picture produced by deficiency of the elements in the human patient will differ little from that seen in the animal, although this has been established for only five elements (I, Fe, Cu, Co and Zn). However, the link between lack of a given element in the soil and a human patient is far less direct and much more complex than that met with in the animal grazing on deficient pastures, except in isolated primitive communitis. Zn is the most protean of the trace elements and has been chosen to illustrate this in human practice. Excesses of essential elements (both trace and major) give rise to toxic effects and the importance of a proper balance especially of the transitional elements in the human diet is discussed with special reference to Cu, Zn and Fe. Certain non-essential trace elements are individual and community hazards: Cd, Pb and Hg are the principal offenders for humans. Mankind is now largely dependent on grassland products, cereals and livestock with increasing dominance of the former in human nutrition. This has reduced the bioavailability of trace elements so that study of trace metals...Continue Reading


May 1, 1981·Agents and Actions·P M May
Nov 22, 1996·The Science of the Total Environment·C K ManP K Mak
Jan 16, 2010·Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part a·R A KlassenA N Rencz
Dec 1, 1984·Medical Hypotheses·C E Weber
Aug 1, 1980·Journal of Human Nutrition·D C Candy
Mar 17, 2011·Metallomics : Integrated Biometal Science·Haruna Tamano, Atsushi Takeda
Apr 22, 2011·Journal of Environmental Monitoring : JEM·Barbara Karn

Related Concepts

Skeletal System
Trace metal
Cell Communication

Trending Feeds


Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Sexual Dimorphism in Neurodegeneration

There exist sex differences in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. For instance, multiple sclerosis is more common in women, whereas Parkinson’s disease is more common in men. Here is the latest research on sexual dimorphism in neurodegeneration

HLA Genetic Variation

HLA genetic variation has been found to confer risk for a wide variety of diseases. Identifying these associations and understanding their molecular mechanisms is ongoing and holds promise for the development of therapeutics. Find the latest research on HLA genetic variation here.

Super-resolution Microscopy

Super-resolution microscopy is the term commonly given to fluorescence microscopy techniques with resolutions that are not limited by the diffraction of light. Here are the latest discoveries pertaining to super-resolution microscopy.

Genetic Screens in iPSC-derived Brain Cells

Genetic screening is a critical tool that can be employed to define and understand gene function and interaction. This feed focuses on genetic screens conducted using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived brain cells.

Brain Lower Grade Glioma

Low grade gliomas in the brain form from oligodendrocytes and astrocytes and are the slowest-growing glioma in adults. Discover the latest research on these brain tumors here.

CD4/CD8 Signaling

Cluster of differentiation 4 and 8 (CD8 and CD8) are glycoproteins founds on the surface of immune cells. Here is the latest research on their role in cell signaling pathways.

Alignment-free Sequence Analysis Tools

Alignment-free sequence analyses have been applied to problems ranging from whole-genome phylogeny to the classification of protein families, identification of horizontally transferred genes, and detection of recombined sequences. Here is the latest research.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease characterized by unexplained disabling fatigue; the pathology of which is incompletely understood. Discover the latest research on chronic fatigue syndrome here.

Related Papers

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
E J Underwood
Discussions of the Faraday Society
J R McKellarR J Williams
© 2020 Meta ULC. All rights reserved