Nutrients 2013, 5(8), 3034-3061; doi:10.3390/nu5083034
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Out of Balance—Systemic Iron Homeostasis in Iron-Related Disorders

Received: 18 June 2013; in revised form: 16 July 2013 / Accepted: 19 July 2013 / Published: 2 August 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dietary Iron and Human Health)
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Abstract: Iron is an essential element in our daily diet. Most iron is required for the de novo synthesis of red blood cells, where it plays a critical role in oxygen binding to hemoglobin. Thus, iron deficiency causes anemia, a major public health burden worldwide. On the other extreme, iron accumulation in critical organs such as liver, heart, and pancreas causes organ dysfunction due to the generation of oxidative stress. Therefore, systemic iron levels must be tightly balanced. Here we focus on the regulatory role of the hepcidin/ferroportin circuitry as the major regulator of systemic iron homeostasis. We discuss how regulatory cues (e.g., iron, inflammation, or hypoxia) affect the hepcidin response and how impairment of the hepcidin/ferroportin regulatory system causes disorders of iron metabolism.
Keywords: iron regulation; hepcidin; anemia; iron overload
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Steinbicker, A.U.; Muckenthaler, M.U. Out of Balance—Systemic Iron Homeostasis in Iron-Related Disorders. Nutrients 2013, 5, 3034-3061.

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Steinbicker AU, Muckenthaler MU. Out of Balance—Systemic Iron Homeostasis in Iron-Related Disorders. Nutrients. 2013; 5(8):3034-3061.

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Steinbicker, Andrea U.; Muckenthaler, Martina U. 2013. "Out of Balance—Systemic Iron Homeostasis in Iron-Related Disorders." Nutrients 5, no. 8: 3034-3061.

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