Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Iron Metabolism

  • Tracey A. Rouault
Part of the Endocrine Updates book series (ENDO, volume 16)


Over the last fifteen years, much insight has been gained into the processes that determine how iron will be transported and utilized in cells and animals. Regulation of iron metabolism is important because iron is required for function of numerous proteins such as hemoglobin, but excess iron can react with oxygen species to generate free radicals and oxidative damage. Many human diseases are caused by insufficient or excess iron uptake, including iron deficiency anemia, a major health problem throughout the developing world, and hemochromatosis, an inherited iron overload syndrome that leads to serious disease in the Western world (1). Because iron is both indispensable and potentially toxic, virtually all cells and organisms regulate uptake and utilization of iron. The regulation of many iron metabolism proteins, including ferritin and transferrin receptor depends upon binding of iron regulatory proteins to RNA stem-loops found within the transcripts that encode these proteins.


Iron Metabolism Iron Regulatory Protein Ferritin mRNA Mitochondrial Aconitase Cytosolic Aconitase 
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  • Tracey A. Rouault
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  1. 1.NICHD, NIHBethesdaUSA

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