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Título: Iron Metabolism: From Health to Disease
Autor: Oliveira, Fernando
Rocha, Sara
Fernandes, Rúben
Palavras-chave: iron
homeostasis
toxicity
iron deficiency
iron overload
Data: 2014
Resumo: Background Iron is vital for almost all living organisms by participating in a wide range of metabolic processes. However, iron concentration in body tissues must be tightly regulated since excessive iron may lead to microbial infections or cause tissue damage. Disorders of iron metabolism are among the most common human diseases and cover several conditions with varied clinical manifestations. Methods An extensive literature review on the basic aspects of iron metabolism was performed, and the most recent findings on this field were highlighted as well. Results New insights on iron metabolism have shed light into its real complexity, and its role in both healthy and pathological states has been recognized. Important discoveries about the iron regulatory machine and imbalances in its regulation have been made, which may lead in a near future to the development of new therapeutic strategies against iron disorders. Besides, the toxicity of free iron and its association with several pathologies has been addressed, although it requires further investigations. Conclusion This review will provide students in the fields of biochemistry and health sciences a brief and clear overview of iron physiology and toxicity, as well as imbalances in the iron homeostasis and associated pathological conditions.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.22/7038
DOI: 10.1002/jcla.21668
Versão do Editor: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jcla.21668/epdf
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