International Journal of Hematology

, Volume 103, Issue 3, pp 274–282 | Cite as

TLc-A, the leading nanochelating-based nanochelator, reduces iron overload in vitro and in vivo

  • Somayeh Kalanaky
  • Maryam Hafizi
  • Sepideh Safari
  • Kazem Mousavizadeh
  • Mahboubeh Kabiri
  • Alireza Farsinejad
  • Saideh FakharzadehEmail author
  • Mohammad Hassan NazaranEmail author
Original Article


Iron chelation therapy is an effective approach to the treatment of iron overload conditions, in which iron builds up to toxic levels in the body and may cause organ damage. Treatments using deferoxamine, deferasirox and deferiprone have been introduced and despite their disadvantages, they remain the first-line therapeutics in iron chelation therapy. Our study aimed to compare the effectiveness of the iron chelation agent TLc-A, a nano chelator synthetized based on the novel nanochelating technology, with deferoxamine. We found that TLc-A reduced iron overload in Caco2 cell line more efficiently than deferoxamine. In rats with iron overload, very low concentrations of TLc-A lowered serum iron level after only three injections of the nanochelator, while deferoxamine was unable to reduce iron level after the same number of injections. Compared with deferoxamine, TLc-A significantly increased urinary iron excretion and reduced hepatic iron content. The toxicity study showed that the intraperitoneal median lethal dose for TLc-A was at least two times higher than that for deferoxamine. In conclusion, our in vitro and in vivo studies indicate that the novel nano chelator compound, TLc-A, offers superior performance in iron reduction than the commercially available and widely used deferoxamine.


TLc-A Deferoxamine Nanochelating Technology Iron overload Nano chelator 



All financial support was provided by the Department of Research and Development at the Sodour Ahrar Shargh Company. We are grateful to Etrat S Moghimi and Fakhrosadat Nasiri for their help in this project.

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Conflict of interest

The other authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Somayeh Kalanaky
    • 1
  • Maryam Hafizi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sepideh Safari
    • 1
  • Kazem Mousavizadeh
    • 3
  • Mahboubeh Kabiri
    • 4
  • Alireza Farsinejad
    • 5
  • Saideh Fakharzadeh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mohammad Hassan Nazaran
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Research and DevelopmentSodour Ahrar Shargh CompanyTehranIran
  2. 2.Cancer Research CentreShahid Beheshti University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  3. 3.Cellular and Molecular Research CenterIran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  4. 4.Department of Biotechnology, College of ScienceUniversity of TehranTehranIran
  5. 5.Department of Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied MedicineKerman University of Medical SciencesKermanIran

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