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hereditary hemochromatosis

Katarzyna Sikorska, Agnieszka Bernat, Anna Wroblewska
BACKGROUND: The liver, as the main iron storage compartment and the place of hepcidin synthesis, is the central organ involved in maintaining iron homeostasis in the body. Excessive accumulation of iron is an important risk factor in liver disease progression to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Here, we review the literature on the molecular pathogenesis of iron overload and its clinical consequences in chronic liver diseases. DATA SOURCES: PubMed was searched for English-language articles on molecular genesis of primary and secondary iron overload, as well as on their association with liver disease progression...
October 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
Tomas Ganz
Hepcidin is an iron-regulating peptide hormone made in the liver. It controls the delivery of iron to blood plasma from intestinal cells absorbing iron, from erythrocyte-recycling macrophages, and from iron-storing hepatocytes. Hepcidin acts by binding to and inactivating the sole cellular iron exporter, ferroportin, which delivers iron to plasma from all iron-transporting cells. In a classical endocrine feedback system, hepcidin production is stimulated by plasma iron and iron stores. Reflecting a likely role of hepcidin in innate immunity, hepcidin is also induced by inflammation...
2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Nina Wrobel, Torben Pottgiesser, Philipp Birkner, Peter Deibert, Christoph Ahlgrim
INTRODUCTION: Hereditary hemochromatosis features a dysregulated iron absorption leading to iron overload and organ damage. The regulation of total hemoglobin mass during depletion of iron deposits by therapeutic phlebotomy has not been studied. CASE PRESENTATION: The initial ferritin level of the 52-year-old male subject was 1,276 μg/l. Despite successful depletion of iron stores (ferritin<Sub>min</Sub>: 53 μg/l) through phlebotomies, total hemoglobin mass stabilized at the pretherapy level...
May 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
J Meng, L L Liu, X Y Wen
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October 1, 2016: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
Ricardo Faria, Bruno Silva, Catarina Silva, Pedro Loureiro, Ana Queiroz, Sofia Fraga, Jorge Esteves, Diana Mendes, Rita Fleming, Luís Vieira, João Gonçalves, Paula Faustino
Hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by excessive iron absorption resulting in pathologically increased body iron stores. It is typically associated with common HFE gene mutation (p.Cys282Tyr and p.His63Asp). However, in Southern European populations up to one third of HH patients do not carry the risk genotypes. This study aimed to explore the use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology to analyse a panel of iron metabolism-related genes (HFE, TFR2, HJV, HAMP, SLC40A1, and FTL) in 87 non-classic HH Portuguese patients...
October 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
Veronica Hoad, Peter Bentley, Barbara Bell, Praveen Pathak, Hiu Tat Chan, Anthony Keller
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that blood donors with hereditary hemochromatosis may pose an increased infectious disease risk and adversely affect recipient outcomes. This study compares the infectious disease risk of whole blood (WB) donors enrolled as therapeutic (T) donors to voluntary WB donors to evaluate the safety of blood products provided by the T donors. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of all WB donations at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service who donated between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2013, comparing a yearly mean of 11,789 T donors with 107,773 total donations and a yearly mean of 468,889 voluntary WB donors with 2,584,705 total donations...
September 23, 2016: Transfusion
Colin P Farrell, Jessica R Overbey, Hetanshi Naik, Danielle Nance, Gordon D McLaren, Christine E McLaren, Luming Zhou, Robert J Desnick, Charles J Parker, John D Phillips
: Both familial and sporadic porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT) are iron dependent diseases. Symptoms of PCT resolve when iron stores are depleted by phlebotomy, and a sequence variant of HFE (C282Y, c.843G>A, rs1800562) that enhances iron aborption by reducing hepcidin expression is a risk factor for PCT. Recently, a polymorphic variant (D519G, c.1556A>G, rs11558492) of glyceronephosphate O-acyltransferase (GNPAT) was shown to be enriched in male patients with type I hereditary hemochromatosis (HFE C282Y homozygotes) who presented with a high iron phenotype, suggesting that GNPAT D519G, like HFE C282Y, is a modifier of iron homeostasis that favors iron absorption...
2016: PloS One
Jérémy Flais, Edouard Bardou-Jacquet, Yves Deugnier, Guillaume Coiffier, Aleth Perdriger, Gérard Chalès, Martine Ropert, Olivier Loréal, Pascal Guggenbuhl
OBJECTIVES: Hyperuricemia is becoming increasingly frequent in the population, and is known to be sometimes the cause of gout. The impact of uric acid is still not clearly understood, however. The iron metabolism may interact with the uric acid metabolism. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the serum uric acid and serum ferritin levels in a cohort of hemochromatosis patients who were homozygous for the HFE p.Cys282Tyr mutation. METHODS: 738 patients with the HFE gene mutation Cys282Tyr in the homozygous state were included in the study...
September 19, 2016: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
Noriyuki Yamakawa, Kengo Oe, Naoichiro Yukawa, Kosaku Murakami, Ran Nakashima, Yoshitaka Imura, Hajime Yoshifuji, Koichiro Ohmura, Yasuo Miura, Naohisa Tomosugi, Hiroshi Kawabata, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo, Tsuneyo Mimori
Hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) is an inherited disorder usually seen in Northern Europeans, which results in iron overload syndrome. A few cases have also been reported in Japan. We herein report a Japanese man presenting with fever, arthritis, liver dysfunction, and hyperferritinemia who was diagnosed with type 4 HH. He was heterozygous for the 1520A>G (His507Arg) mutation in the ferroportin-1 gene (SLC40A1). He had a familial cataract as an infant, but hereditary hyperferritinemia cataract syndrome was excluded...
2016: Internal Medicine
Tingxia Lv, Xiaojin Li, Wei Zhang, Xinyan Zhao, Xiaojuan Ou, Jian Huang
Metabolic liver diseases such as Wilson disease (WD) and hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) possess complicated pathogenesis and typical hereditary characteristics with the hallmarks of a deficiency in metal metabolism. Mutations in genes encoding ATPase, Cu + transporting, beta polypeptide (ATP7B) and hemochromatosis (HFE) or several non-HFE genes are considered to be causative for WD and HH, respectively. Although the identification of novel mutations in ATP7B for WD and HFE or the non-HFE genes for HH has increased, especially with the application of whole genome sequencing technology in recent years, the biological function of the identified mutations, as well as genotype-phenotype correlations remain to be explored...
October 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Anita H Nadkarni, Aradhana A Singh, Stacy Colaco, Priya Hariharan, Roshan B Colah, Kanjaksha Ghosh
BACKGROUND: Hereditary hemochromatosis is a disorder of iron metabolism characterized by increased iron absorption.HFE gene mutations C282Y and H63D are responsible for the majority of hereditary hemochromatosis cases. METHODS: We tried to look at the effect of HFE mutations on the iron status. A total of 100 β thalassemia traits (BTT) with 100 normal individuals were screened for the C282Y and H63D mutations using PCR-RFLP. The serum ferritin levels were determined using ELISA kit...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
Kaczorowska-Hac Barbara, Luszczyk Marcin, Antosiewicz Jedrzej, Ziolkowski Wieslaw, Adamkiewicz-Drozynska Elzbieta, Mysliwiec Malgorzata, Milosz Ewa, Kaczor Jan Jacek
The molecular mechanism that regulates iron homeostasis is based on a network of signals, which reflect on the iron requirements of the body. Hereditary hemochromatosis is a heterogenic metabolic syndrome which is due to unchecked transfer of iron into the bloodstream and its toxic effects on parenchymatous organs. It is caused by the mutation of genes that encode proteins that help hepcidin to monitor serum iron. These proteins include the human hemochromatosis protein -HFE, transferrin-receptor 2, hemojuvelin in rare instances, and ferroportin...
August 24, 2016: Annals of Hematology
Hiroshi Kawabata, Soichiro Sakamoto, Taro Masuda, Tatsuki Uchiyama, Katsuyuki Ohmori, H Phillip Koeffler, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo
Erythropoiesis requires large amounts of iron for hemoglobin synthesis, which is mainly provided by macrophages and the intestines in a transferrin (Tf)-bound form. Bone marrow erythroblasts incorporate Tf through endocytosis, which is mediated by transferrin receptor 1 (TFR1). Recently, human TFR1, aside from its role as a Tf receptor, was also found to be a receptor for the H-subunit of ferritin (FTH). In humans, hematopoietic erythroid precursor cells express high levels of TFR1 and specifically take up the FTH homopolymer (H-ferritin)...
July 2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Halie K Miller, Leah Schwiesow, Winnie Au-Yeung, Victoria Auerbuch
The iron overload disorder hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) predisposes humans to serious disseminated infection with pathogenic Yersinia as well as several other pathogens. Recently, we showed that the iron-sulfur cluster coordinating transcription factor IscR is required for type III secretion in Y. pseudotuberculosis by direct control of the T3SS master regulator LcrF. In E. coli and Yersinia, IscR levels are predicted to be regulated by iron bioavailability, oxygen tension, and oxidative stress, such that iron depletion should lead to increased IscR levels...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Giada Sebastiani, Nicole Wilkinson, Kostas Pantopoulos
The iron regulatory hormone hepcidin limits iron fluxes to the bloodstream by promoting degradation of the iron exporter ferroportin in target cells. Hepcidin insufficiency causes hyperabsorption of dietary iron, hyperferremia and tissue iron overload, which are hallmarks of hereditary hemochromatosis. Similar responses are also observed in iron-loading anemias due to ineffective erythropoiesis (such as thalassemias, dyserythropoietic anemias and myelodysplastic syndromes) and in chronic liver diseases. On the other hand, excessive hepcidin expression inhibits dietary iron absorption and leads to hypoferremia and iron retention within tissue macrophages...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Christine C Hsu, Kris V Kowdley
Alcohol consumption is often a comorbid condition in other chronic liver diseases. It has been shown to act in synergy to increase liver injury in viral hepatitis, hereditary hemochromatosis, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), leading to an increased risk of cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and liver-related mortality. Data suggest that modest alcohol consumption may be inversely related to the risk of developing NAFLD and lower rates of progression of NAFLD to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)...
August 2016: Clinics in Liver Disease
Kartik Joshi, Anita Kohli, Richard Manch, Robert Gish
In this review we critically assess the literature to evaluate the level of risk posed by alcohol as both a primary etiology of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and as a cofactor in its development. Although there have been conflicting findings, based on the body of evidence to date, it appears that the linkage between compensated alcoholic liver disease-associated cirrhosis and HCC is best characterized as medium-high risk, with the risk increasing with age and with quantity and duration of alcohol consumption and is more pronounced in females...
August 2016: Clinics in Liver Disease
Parvez Khan, Amresh Prakash, Md Anzarul Haque, Asimul Islam, Md Imtaiyaz Hassan, Faizan Ahmad
Hereditary hemochromatosis factor E (HFE) is a type 1 transmembrane protein, and acts as a negative regulator of iron-uptake. The equilibrium unfolding and conformational stability of the HFE protein was examined in the presence of urea. The folding and unfolding transitions were monitored with the help of circular dichroism (CD), intrinsic fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy. Analysis of transition curves revealed that the folding of HFE is not a two-state process. However, it involved stable intermediates...
October 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Azza Aboul Enein, Nermine A El Dessouky, Khalda S Mohamed, Shahira K A Botros, Mona F Abd El Gawad, Mona Hamdy, Nehal Dyaa
AIM: This study aimed to detect the most common HFE gene mutations (C282Y, H63D, and S56C) in Egyptian beta thalassemia major patients and its relation to their iron status. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study included 50 beta thalassemia major patients and 30 age and sex matched healthy persons as a control group. Serum ferritin, serum iron and TIBC level were measured. Detection of the three HFE gene mutations (C282Y, H63D and S65C) was done by PCR-RFLP analysis. Confirmation of positive cases for the mutations was done by sequencing...
June 15, 2016: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Sandra Milic, Ivana Mikolasevic, Lidija Orlic, Edita Devcic, Nada Starcevic-Cizmarevic, Davor Stimac, Miljenko Kapovic, Smiljana Ristic
The liver plays a major role in iron homeostasis; thus, in patients with chronic liver disease, iron regulation may be disturbed. Higher iron levels are present not only in patients with hereditary hemochromatosis, but also in those with alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and hepatitis C viral infection. Chronic liver disease decreases the synthetic functions of the liver, including the production of hepcidin, a key protein in iron metabolism. Lower levels of hepcidin result in iron overload, which leads to iron deposits in the liver and higher levels of non-transferrin-bound iron in the bloodstream...
2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
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