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Sucrosomial® Iron Supplementation in Mice: Effects on Blood Parameters, Hepcidin, and Inflammation

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Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine, University of Brescia, Viale Europa 11, 25123 Brescia, Italy
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Pharmanutra S.p.a. 56122 Pisa, Italy
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Department of Medicine, University of Verona, 37134 Verona, Italy
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Department of Diagnostics and Public Health, University of Verona, 37134 Verona, Italy
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Nutrients 2018, 10(10), 1349; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10101349
Received: 7 August 2018 / Revised: 15 September 2018 / Accepted: 18 September 2018 / Published: 21 September 2018
Sucrosomial® Iron is a recently developed formulation to treat iron deficiency based on ferric pyrophosphate covered by a matrix of phospholipids plus sucrose esters of fatty acids. Previous data indicated that Sucrosomial® Iron is efficiently absorbed by iron-deficient subjects, even at low dosage, and without side effects. Its structural properties may suggest that it is absorbed by an intestinal pathway which is different to the one used by ionic iron. Although, studies in vitro showed that Sucrosomial® Iron is readily absorbed, no animal models have been established to study this important aspect. To this aim, we induced iron deficient anemia in mice by feeding them with a low-iron diet, and then we treated them with either Sucrosomial® Iron or sulfate iron by gavage for up to two weeks. Both iron formulations corrected anemia and restored iron stores in a two-week period, but with different kinetics. Ferrous Sulfate was more efficient during the first week and Sucrosomial® Iron in the second week. Of note, when given at the same concentrations, Ferrous Sulfate induced the expression of hepcidin and four different inflammatory markers (Socs3, Saa1, IL6 and CRP), while Sucrosomial® Iron did not. We conclude that anemic mice are interesting models to study the absorption of oral iron, and that Sucrosomial® Iron is to be preferred over Ferrous Sulfate because of similar absorption but without inducing an inflammatory response. View Full-Text
Keywords: iron absorption; Sucrosomial® Iron; iron deficient anemia; oral iron; mouse models iron absorption; Sucrosomial® Iron; iron deficient anemia; oral iron; mouse models
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Asperti, M.; Gryzik, M.; Brilli, E.; Castagna, A.; Corbella, M.; Gottardo, R.; Girelli, D.; Tarantino, G.; Arosio, P.; Poli, M. Sucrosomial® Iron Supplementation in Mice: Effects on Blood Parameters, Hepcidin, and Inflammation. Nutrients 2018, 10, 1349.

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