The Release of Iron from a Subfraction of Rat Liver Highly Enriched in Endosomal Organelles Requires Both a Functional H+-ATPase and NADH

  • Torgeir Flatmark
  • Moududur R. Khan
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The liver parenchyma (hepatocytes) is second only to the erythroid bone marrow in its capacity for iron exchange with the plasma iron pool.1 The iron uptake by reticulocytes and hepatocytes seems to occur by two receptor mechanisms,1–4 i.e. (i) the well-known receptor-mediated endocytosis of iron-transferrin, and (ii) the less studied receptor-mediated endocytosis of ferritin (originally termed rhopheocytosis).5,6 Thus, ferritin introduced into the plasma is rapidly cleared from the blood by a receptor-mediated uptake in hepatocytes.4 The two iron proteins may share a common endocytic mechanism and may be processed within the cell in a similar way.2,3 Thus, the reductive mobilization of iron is most effective at acidic pH values for both carrier proteins.7,8


Acridine Orange Proton Translocation Lysosomal Fraction Reductive Mobilization Proton Pump Activity 
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bathophenanthroline sulfonate


H+-transporting adenosine triphosphatase (EC

Δ pH

pH difference across the membrane


N -2-hydroxyethylpiperazine- N’ -2-ethanesulfonic acid


piperazine-N, N -bis-2-ethanesulfonic acid


sodium dodecyl sulfate


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Torgeir Flatmark
    • 1
  • Moududur R. Khan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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