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Biol Trace Elem Res. 2005 Aug;106(2):97-106.

Plasma and erythrocyte selenium and glutathione peroxidase activity in preterm infants at risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

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The Ohio State University College of Nursing, 1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between selenium status, as measured by plasma and erythrocyte selenium and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity, and other postnatal factors, including selenium intake, gestational age, and oxygen dependence in preterm infants at risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Eighteen preterm infants of 30 wk gestational age or less were included. At postnatal wk 1 and 4, selenium concentrations and GPx activity were measured and oxygen dependence and daily selenium intakes were determined from the medical chart. Plasma and erythrocyte selenium concentrations decreased from wk 1 to wk 4, whereas erythrocyte GPx activity increased. Increased selenium intakes during wk 1 were associated with increased erythrocyte GPx activity at both time-points, as well as a decreased need for supplemental oxygen on d 28. Preterm infants display increasing erythrocyte GPx activity despite declines in plasma and erythrocyte selenium. GPx activity might be enhanced by very early selenium supplementation.

PMID:
16116241
DOI:
10.1385/BTER:106:2:097
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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