Iron Metabolism Quiz

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What is the effect of increased hepcidin levels in iron overload?

Decreases release of iron into plasma

What is the relationship between Fe+3-Tf and hepcidin mRNA production?

Fe+3-Tf increases hepcidin mRNA production in a dose-dependent relationship

What is the role of low hepcidin levels in iron deficiency?

Allows increased ferroportin levels and more iron to enter portal plasma

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Hepcidin and Iron Regulation

  • Increased hepcidin levels have a negative effect on iron absorption and recycling, leading to decreased iron availability in iron overload.
  • Hepcidin binds to ferroportin, causing its internalization and degradation, which reduces iron export from enterocytes and macrophages.
  • Elevated hepcidin levels also increase Fe+3-Tf (ferric transferrin), which in turn stimulates hepcidin mRNA production, creating a feedback loop that reduces iron availability.
  • Low hepcidin levels, on the other hand, contribute to iron deficiency by increasing iron absorption and recycling, as ferroportin is not internalized and degradation is reduced.

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