Human lactoferrin (Lf) labeled with 125I and/or 59Fe was found to be ingested in vitro by mouse peritoneal macrophages (MPM). The uptake measured after 15 h incubation reached a saturation point at a concentration of 200 microgram/ml in the culture medium, whatever was the iron content of Lf. In such conditions, the uptake of transferrin (Tf) used as a control was 10 times lower. At a concentration of 80 microgram/ml in the medium, one cell picked up about 0.7 X 10(6) molecules of Lf per hour, and 0.13 X 10(6) molecules of Tf per hour. Iron-saturated Lf disappeared from MPM with a half life of 14.5 h, whereas the halflife of iron-free Lf was 4.2 h. Concomitant with the intracellular digestion of Lf, the iron was transmitted to ferritin. These data provide additional support for the hypothesis that Lf plays a key role in iron turnover, especially at the level of the reticuloendothelial system where iron is recovered from the catabolism of erythrocytes.
The ingestion and digestion of human lactoferrin by mouse peritoneal macrophages and the transfer of its iron into ferritin.
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J L van Snick, B Markowetz, P L Masson; The ingestion and digestion of human lactoferrin by mouse peritoneal macrophages and the transfer of its iron into ferritin.. J Exp Med 1 September 1977; 146 (3): 817–827. doi: https://doi.org/10.1084/jem.146.3.817
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