Reticulocytosis in Response to Dietary Antioxidants

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Science  20 Jun 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3886, pp. 1398-1400
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3886.1398


Alpha-tocopheryl acetate, 1, 2, dihydro-6-ethoxy-2, 2, 4-trimethylquinoline, and butylated hydroxytoluene increased the number of circulating reticulocytes when added to the diet of chickens. Hematocrit values were not reduced and erythrocyte life-spans were not shortened by the antioxidants. The reticulocytosis is attributed to delayed loss of reticular material from the maturing erythrocytes. components.

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