We evaluated the presence of calcium, potassium, zinc, copper, and selenium in human lenses (53 cataractous and 10 clear lenses). The determinations of these elements were done using atomic absorption spectrometry techniques, namely flame and flameless methods, after acidic digestion of the samples. Compared with the results obtained from samples of normal lenses (zinc, 16.5 +/- 2.5 mg/kg dry weight; copper, 0.53 +/- 0.08 mg/kg dry weight; selenium, 0.83 +/- 0.18mg/kg dry weight; potassium, 10,306 +/- 1232mg/kg dry weight, and calcium, 9.9 +/- 2.7mg/kg dry weight), the mean concentration values of the cataractous lenses showed some significant changes. Increases were found for zinc, copper, and calcium; the potassium concentration decreased. No significant changes occurred in selenium values. A positive correlation was found between zinc and copper concentrations (y = 0.030x + 0.007, r = .79). An inverse correlation was evident between calcium and potassium values (y = -0.097x + 1141, r = -.65).

Inorganic element concentrations in cataractous human lenses / V., Rasi; S., Costantini; Moramarco, Antonietta; R., Giordano; Giustolisi, Rosalia; Balacco Gabrieli, Corrado. - In: ANNALS OF OPHTHALMOLOGY. - ISSN 0003-4886. - STAMPA. - 24:12(1992), pp. 459-464.

Inorganic element concentrations in cataractous human lenses

MORAMARCO, Antonietta;GIUSTOLISI, Rosalia;BALACCO GABRIELI, Corrado
1992

Abstract

We evaluated the presence of calcium, potassium, zinc, copper, and selenium in human lenses (53 cataractous and 10 clear lenses). The determinations of these elements were done using atomic absorption spectrometry techniques, namely flame and flameless methods, after acidic digestion of the samples. Compared with the results obtained from samples of normal lenses (zinc, 16.5 +/- 2.5 mg/kg dry weight; copper, 0.53 +/- 0.08 mg/kg dry weight; selenium, 0.83 +/- 0.18mg/kg dry weight; potassium, 10,306 +/- 1232mg/kg dry weight, and calcium, 9.9 +/- 2.7mg/kg dry weight), the mean concentration values of the cataractous lenses showed some significant changes. Increases were found for zinc, copper, and calcium; the potassium concentration decreased. No significant changes occurred in selenium values. A positive correlation was found between zinc and copper concentrations (y = 0.030x + 0.007, r = .79). An inverse correlation was evident between calcium and potassium values (y = -0.097x + 1141, r = -.65).
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