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Title:Concentrations and Interactions of Selected Elements in Tissues of Four Marine Mammal Species Harvested by Inuit Hunters in Arctic Alaska, With an Intensive Histologic Assessment, Emphasizing the Beluga Whale
Author(s):Woshner, Victoria M.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Val R. Beasley
Department / Program:Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Discipline:Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Environmental Sciences
Abstract:Inorganic Hg was localized through autometallography in beluga hepatic and renal light microscopic sections. Metal grains occurred at high densities in kidney cortical tubular epithelium, with lower densities in medullary tubular epithelium. In liver, metal grain deposition showed marked zonation, accumulating in periportal regions of whales with lower tissue Hg. In belugas with higher hepatic Hg, metal grains were most abundant periportally, but also found pericentrally and midzonally. Metal grains concentrated in stellate macrophages, with much lower numbers in hepatocytic cytoplasm. Staining intensities correlated with tissue concentrations of inorganic, organic, and total Hg. Although hepatic lipofuscin and metal grains were sometimes co-localized, they more often were not. Because marked lipofuscin deposition occurs independent of Hg, causality between hepatic Hg concentration, lipofuscin deposition, and hepatic lesions cannot be inferred.
Issue Date:2000
Description:302 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9971223
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2000

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