Reductive mobilization of iron by electrons
Ferritin, an iron storage protein, plays an important role in iron homeostasis. The mechanism of reductive mobilization of iron from ferritin has not been clarified yet despite many studies. The aim of this study was to assess the mechanisms of the mobilization of iron from ferritin by NADPH P-450 reductase. Nucleotide-dependent flavoenzymes generated significant mobilization of iron from ferritin. The possibility of reductive mobilization of iron from ferritin by electrons released from flavin sites or heme site of two flavoenzymes was investigated to elucidate the mediator-independent mechanisms of such reductive mobilization. The mobilization by NADPH-P450 reductase in the presence of ferricyanide increased threefold, while in the presence of cytochrome C increased thirteen-fold. These results indicate that electrons released from both flavins of NADPH-P450 reductase contribute to the reductive mobilization of iron from ferritin. The mechanism of the mobilization of iron from ferritin is discussed.
The Journal of Medical Investigation
Tokushima University Faculty of Medicine
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