Exploring the role of hepcidin, an antimicrobial and iron regulatory peptide, in increased iron absorption in β-thalassemia Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Intestinal Absorption
  • Iron
  • Iron Overload


  • To develop new treatments for beta-thalassemia, it is essential to identify the genes involved in the relevant pathophysiological processes. Iron metabolism in thalassemia mice being investigated, focusing on the expression of a gene called hepcidin (Hamp), which is expressed in the liver and whose product (Hamp) is secreted into the bloodstream. In mice, iron overload leads to overexpression of Hamp, while Hamp-knockout mice suffer from hemochromatosis. The aim of this study is to investigate Hamp in the mouse model of beta-thalassemia and to address the potential gene transfer of Hamp to prevent abnormal iron absorption.

publication date

  • December 2005



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1196/annals.1345.069

PubMed ID

  • 16339690

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 417

end page

  • 22


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