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Nuclear iron deposits in hepatocytes of iron-loaded HFE-knock-out mice: a morphometric and immunocytochemical analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15866286     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Nuclear deposits of stainable iron in hepatocytes are a sign of liver iron overload in mice. Animals with no, partial or total knock-out of the HFE alleles, the deletion of which is responsible for hereditary haemochromatosis, were given different forms of dietary iron to measure nuclear iron deposits which were then related to cytoplasmic iron load. Wild type and heterozygous HFE-knock-out mice kept for 52 weeks on a standard diet showed no such deposits. These were, however, demonstrated in low numbers and with small diameters in homozygous HFE-knock-out mice kept on this diet. Nuclear iron deposits were most abundant in all type of mice fed carbonyl iron (2.5% w/w) for 52 weeks almost irrespective of their genetic background. The diameter of these deposits increased with the genetically conditioned extent of hepatocellular iron overload. Mice that were fed a diet containing TMH-ferrocene for 4 weeks showed amounts of hepatic iron that were comparable to those in the carbonyl iron-fed group but nuclear deposits were small and present in only 0.3% of the hepatocytes. While surrounding karyoplasm was immunostained for H- and L-ferritin, the nuclear iron deposits were not. As the nuclear iron deposits corresponded electron microscopically to aggregated ferritin molecules, they represent a non-immunoreactive form of presumably denatured ferritin.
Authors:
Björn Magens; Jochen Düllmann; Klaus Schümann; Uwe Wulfhekel; Peter Nielsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2005-03-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta histochemica     Volume:  107     ISSN:  0065-1281     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Histochem.     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-05-03     Completed Date:  2005-09-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370320     Medline TA:  Acta Histochem     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Institute of Anatomy II: Experimental Morphology, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, Hamburg 20246, Germany. uschumac@uke.uni-hamburg.de
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Cell Nucleus / chemistry*,  metabolism,  pathology
Diet
Hemochromatosis / genetics,  metabolism,  pathology*
Hepatocytes / chemistry*,  metabolism,  ultrastructure
Histocompatibility Antigens Class I / genetics*
Immunohistochemistry
Iron / administration & dosage,  analysis*,  metabolism
Iron Overload / metabolism,  pathology*
Membrane Proteins / genetics*
Mice
Mice, Inbred C57BL
Mice, Knockout
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hfe protein, mouse; 0/Histocompatibility Antigens Class I; 0/Membrane Proteins; 7439-89-6/Iron

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