The Role of Cytokines in the Regulation of Ferritin Expression
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Inflammation substantially alters iron metabolism. The plasma level of iron falls, along with that of transferrin. Conversely, the quantity of ferritin in the plasma increases by two- to three-fold, in many instances. Chronic inflammation, such as that which accompanies rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, is associated with a low-grade anemia. This “anemia of chronic disease” results, in part, from impaired delivery of iron to bone marrow normoblasts.
KeywordsAcute Phase Protein Translational Start Site Yersinia Enterocolitica Iron Responsive Element Ferritin Heavy Chain
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