Hepatic but not brain iron is rapidly chelated by deferasirox in aceruloplasminemia due to a novel gene mutation

Finkenstedt, A. and Wolf, E. and Hofner, E. and Gasser, B. I. and Bosch, S. and Bakry, R. and Creus, M. and Kremser, C. and Schocke, M. and Theurl, M. and Moser, P. and Schranz, M. and Bonn, G. and Poewe, W. and Vogel, W. and Janecker, A. R. and Zoller, H.. (2010) Hepatic but not brain iron is rapidly chelated by deferasirox in aceruloplasminemia due to a novel gene mutation. Journal of hepatology, Vol. 53, H. 6. pp. 1101-1107.

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Background & Aims Aceruloplasminemia is a rare autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disease associated with brain and liver iron accumulation which typically presents with movement disorders retinal degeneration and diabetes mellitus Ceruloplasmin is a multi-copper ferroxidase that is secreted into plasma and facilitates cellular iron export and Iron binding to transferrin Results A novel homozygous ceruloplasmin gene mutation c 2554+1G<T was identified as the cause of aceruloplasminemia in three affected siblings Two siblings presented with movement disorders and diabetes Complementary DNA sequencing showed that this mutation causes skipping of exon 14 and deletion of amino acids 809-852 while preserving the open reading frame Western blotting of liver extracts and sera of affected patients showed retention of the abnormal protein in the liver Aceruloplasminemia was associated with severe brain and liver iron overload where hepatic mRNA expression of the iron hormone hepcidin was increased corresponding to the degree of iron overload Hepatic iron concentration normalized after 3 and 5 months of iron chelation therapy with deferasirox which was also associated with reduced insulin demands During short term treatment there was no clinical or imaging evidence for significant effects on brain iron overload Conclusions Aceruloplasminemia can show an incomplete clinical penetrance but is invariably associated with iron accumulation in the liver and in the brain Iron accumulation in aceruloplasminemia is a result of defective cellular Iron export where hepcidin regulation is appropriate for the degree of iron overload Iron chelation with deferasirox was effective in mobilizing hepatic iron but has no effect on brain iron (C) 2010 European Association for the Study of the Liver Published by Elsevier B V All rights reserved
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie
UniBasel Contributors:Creus, Marc
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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