Copper supplementation in quaking mutant mice: reduced tremors and increased brain copper

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Science  16 Jul 1976:
Vol. 193, Issue 4249, pp. 244-246
DOI: 10.1126/science.945613


Mice homozygous for the mutant gene quaking (qk) with a high frequency of axial tremors had a low concentration of copper in the brain. Supplementation during pregnancy and lactation with a high level of dietary copper greatly reduced the frequency of tremors and brought brain copper level to normal in the off-spring. It is suggested that qk affects copper metabolism.