Effects of dietary zinc status on seizure susceptibility and hippocampal zinc content in the El (epilepsy) mouse

Brain Res. 1990 Oct 8;529(1-2):16-22. doi: 10.1016/0006-8993(90)90806-m.


The effects of dietary zinc status on the development of convulsive seizures, and zinc concentrations in discrete hippocampal areas and other parts of the limbic system were studied in the El mouse model receiving zinc-adequate, zinc-deficient or zinc-loaded diets. Seizure susceptibility of the El mouse was increased by zinc deficiency, and decreased by zinc loading, while an adequate diet had no effect. Zinc loading was accompanied by a marked increase in hippocampal zinc content in the El mouse. Conversely, hippocampal zinc content declined in the El mouse fed a zinc-deficient diet. These results suggest that zinc may have a preventive effect on the development of seizures in the El mouse, and hippocampal zinc may play an important role in the pathophysiology of convulsive seizures of epilepsy.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Diet
  • Disease Susceptibility
  • Hippocampus / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Neurologic Mutants
  • Organ Specificity
  • Seizures / genetics
  • Seizures / physiopathology*
  • Zinc / deficiency
  • Zinc / metabolism
  • Zinc / pharmacology*


  • Zinc