Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Blood biochemistry: copper

Synonym(s): Cu

Contributor(s): Kathleen P Freeman

Overview

  • Important trace mineral.
  • Important for transport of iron across membrane.
  • In plasma, 95% bound to ceruloplasmin (alpha-2 globulin).

Sampling

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Tests

Availability

  • Contact commercial laboratory to confirm availability.

Technique (intrinsic) limitations

  • Test results only significant in conjunction with other laboratory results and clinical findings.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from VetMedResource and PubMed.
  • Uchida Y, Moon-Fanelli A A, Clegg M S & Keen C F (1997) Serum concentrations of zinc and copper in Bull Terriers with lethal acrodermatitis and tail-chasing behavior. Am J Vet Res 58(8), 808-810.
  • Rolfe D S & Twedt D C (1995) Copper-associated hepatopathies in dogs. Vet Clin North Am Sm An Pract 25(2), 399-417.
  • Thornbury L P A (1988) Study of canine hepatobiliary diseases. Part 4 - copper and liver disease. Comp An Prac 2(7), 3-6.

Other sources of information

  • Kaneko J J, Harvey J W & Brass M L (eds) (1997) Clinical Biochemistry of Domestic Animals. 5th edn. Boston: Academic Press.


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