The kinetics of hematopoiesis in the light horse. I. The lifespan of peripheral blood cells in the normal horse.


Journal Article

Three Standardbred horses were given 0.2 mg (1 mCi) of (75)selenomethionine intravenously and a second group of three were given 10 mCi of tritiated diisopropylfluorophosphate (0.5 mg) intravenously. Observations on labeled cells were continued for 250 days after radioselenium injection and 160 days after tritium injection. The lifespan of erythrocytes using (75)selenmethionine was 155 +/- 10 days and 148 +/- 7.8 days using tritiated diisopropylfluorophosphate. There was no significant difference at the 10% level between the lifespans, using these labels. The uptake of radioselenium into erythrocytes reached a mean maximum of 11.5% at 82 +/- 18.9 days after injection of the label. There was an elution of from 17.6% of the injected dose of tritium label down to 7.5% eight days after injection of this isotope. From this study both of these labels appear to be satisfactory for determining the erythrocyte lifespan of the horse. The mean time of the curve of mean radioselenium activity of peripheral blood leukocytes for the three horses was 5.54 days and the lifespan of these cells was seven days. The mean lifespan of peripheral blood leukocytes of the three horses after in vivo labelling with tritiated diisopropylfluorophosphate was 17.3 hours. No specific labelling was found in bone marrow or peripheral blood cells at this level of tritium labelling by dipping emulsion autoradiography. The mean lifespan of equine platelets for three horses using radioselenomethionine was 9.2 days and the mean lifespan of equine platelets using tritiated diisopropylfluorophosphate was 6.6 days in a group of three horses.

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Cited Authors

  • Carter, EI; Valli, VE; McSherry, BJ; Milne, FJ; Robinson, GA; Lumsden, JH

Published Date

  • July 1, 1974

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 303 - 313

PubMed ID

  • 4277706

Pubmed Central ID

  • 4277706

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0008-4050


  • eng