Comparison of changes in uptake and mucosal processing of iron in short and long-term iron depletion.

Biochemistry international

PubMedID: 1872886

Topham RW, Eads CE. Comparison of changes in uptake and mucosal processing of iron in short and long-term iron depletion. Biochem Int. 1991;23(4):759-68.
Thirty minutes following an intragastric dose of [59]Fe, rats subjected to short-term and long-term iron depletion showed a similar increase in [59]Fe in plasma and a similar decrease in the retention of [59]Fe in mucosal cytosol compared to controls. With both low-iron groups, a two-fold increase in [59]Fe uptake by brush-border membrane vesicles and a six-fold reduction in the [59]Fe incorporated into the ferritin of the mucosal cytosol were observed. These studies indicate that short-term exposure to a low-iron diet triggers changes in both the uptake of iron by the brush-border membrane and the processing of iron within the mucosal cell prior to major changes in body iron status.