Howell-Jolly bodies in red blood cells of snow vole Chionomys nivalis
AbstractThis study focused on counting Howell-Jolly bodies in peripheral blood of Chionomys nivalis and Myodes glareolus within the study area (High Tatras - Biele plesá). The number of Howell-Jolly bodies was similar in both species and did not differ between males and females or adults and non-adults. Only five samples contained relatively more Howell-Jolly bodies (4 samples contained four and one sample contained five Howell-Jolly bodies per 1000 erythrocytes). We also compared the number of Howell-Jolly bodies to the amount of heavy metals found in the vertebrae of snow voles. The quantity of Howell-Jolly bodies in peripheral blood of animals in relation to the amount of lead in bones was found to be statistically insignificant but we found an increased number of Howell-Jolly bodies in relation to on the concentration of molybdenum.
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