Regional uptake and redistribution of 54Mn and 59Fe in brains of hypotransferrinemic and iron-deficient mice

A. Malecki, B. M. Cook, J. L. Beard, A. G. Devenyi, James Connor

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To investigate the role of transferrin in Mn and Fe uptake into the brain we used a hypotransferrinemic strain of mice and manipulated dietary Fe. In this experiment, we tested the hypothesis that transferrin may have a role in the regional uptake and redistribution of these metals within the brain. We fed diets either adequate or deficient in Fe to weanling mice heterozygotic for the hypotransferrinemia mutation (Hh) and wild-type BALB/cj mice for eight weeks in order to manipulate transferrin concentrations and saturations. Either 1 h or 1 wk before killing, mice were injected with 40 μCi of either 54MnCl2 or 59FeCl3 iv; regional distribution of tracers was assessed by autoradiography. Levels of 54Mn in brain 1 wk after injection were 2.5-fold higher than the values 1 h after injection regardless of strain or dietary Fe. Brain uptake of 54Mn after 1h was localized primarily in choroid plexus. After 1 wk 54Mn diffused from choroid plexus, with signal then being seen in the granular layer of cerebellum, brain stem, hippocampus, and cerebral cortex. There were no significant strain or Fe status effects on total 54Mn content of brain or its distribution at either time point. We conclude that transferrin has no effect on the brain distribution of iv Mn. Preliminary data indicate that 59Fe is distributed in choroid plexus of Fe-adequate and -deficient wild-type mice 1 wk after injection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A820
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 20 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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