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People with Ulcerative Colitis Have Increased Iron Absorption, Study Finds

Discovery may lead to targeted treatment for related anemia


Newswise — Article title: Increased divalent metal ion transporter-1 (DMT1) and ferroportin-1 (FPN1) expression with 2 enhanced iron absorption in ulcerative colitis human colon

Authors: Emily A. Minor, Justin T. Kupec, Andrew J. Nickerson, Karthikeyan Narayanan, Vazhaikkurichi M. Rajendran

From the authors: "We conclude from these results that patients with active [ulcerative colitis (UC)] have increased expression of colonic iron transporters and increased iron absorption, which may be targeted in the treatment of UC-related anemia."

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