Abstract Title:

Nutritional influences on plutonium absorption from the gastrointestinal tract of the rat.

Abstract Source:

Radiat Res. 1983 Dec;96(3):580-91. PMID: 6657923

Abstract Author(s):

M F Sullivan, B M Miller, L S Gorham


Rats that were fasted and/or fed diets consisting of whole milk, dry milk, milk supplement, orange juice, low calcium, or low vitamin D were gavaged with 238Pu nitrate to measure plutonium absorption. All dietary variations resulted in increases in both absorption and retention. The increases ranged between 2 and 20 times the absorption values obtained for rats fed commercial chow. Sucklings of dams fed a calcium-deficient diet also exhibited increased 238Pu absorption. The results indicate that nutrition is an important factor influencing gastrointestinal absorption of plutonium.

Study Type : Animal Study

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