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The distribution of plutonium-214 in rodents.

Authors
  • Priest, N D
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Radiation Biology and Related Studies in Physics Chemistry and Medicine
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1977
Volume
31
Issue
1
Pages
59–78
Identifiers
PMID: 300370
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Plutonium-214 citrate solution at pH 6-5 was injected intravenously or intra-peritoneally into hamsters and rats at a dose of 50 MBq kg-1 (1-35 mCi kg-1). The animals were killed 1 day or 1 week later, and tissues were removed for autoradiography and radiochemical analysis. Plutonium-241 was distributed in rats in the same way as plutonium-239, and is a suitable isotope for high-resolution tissue-section autoradiography. Plutonium deposits in cells consisted of a nuclear and a cytoplasmic component. In the hamster kidney cells, the amount associated with the nucleus was about 55 per cent of the total cellular plutonium at 24 hours after injection. Six days later, it was only about 30 per cent. Plutonium deposits were also characterized in hepatocytes, in the interstitial cells of the testes, in the cells of ovarian follicles, in chondrocytes and in bone cells, including osteoblasts and osteocytes. In bone there appeared to be both an extracellular and intracellular deposit. No evidence was found of substantial incorporation of plutonium into the mineral phase of bone.

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