Absorption, Stable Isotope Appearance and Non-transferrin-bound Iron (NTBI) Profile From NaFeEDTA and Ferrous Sulphate

2014-08-27 03:16:28 | BioPortfolio


Several iron compounds are used for fortification, including ferrous sulphate and NaFeEDTA. The absorption profile of these may differ because of differences in their dissolution in the gastrointestinal tract and in their interaction with dietary inhibitors of iron absorption. As these differences might lead result in varying reactions in the blood stream, the appearance rate of the stable iron isotope, hepcidin, non-transferrin-bound iron and total iron in the plasma will be monitored over six hours in adult women. This is relevant as a spike of absorbed iron may increase non-transferrin-bound iron and this could be pro-oxidative or increase growth of pathogens. Hepcidin is a key mediator of iron absorption and will help explain the potential differences in the plasma iron profile.

The use of stable iron isotope appearance curves to specifically detect the appearance of small amounts of absorbed iron in the blood and distinguish between circulating body iron and iron absorbed from the test meal was tested in a pilot study (EK 2008-23). This method is now used in a bigger sample to test the differences in absorption profile of ferrous sulphate, FePPi and NaFeEDTA given at fortification level with a meal.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Prevention


Iron Deficiency


Porridge fortified with either NaFeEDTA, FeSO4


Laboratory of Human Nutrition


Active, not recruiting


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:16:28-0400

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Any food that has been supplemented with essential nutrients either in quantities that are greater than those present normally, or which are not present in the fortified food. The supplementation of cereals with iron and vitamins is an example of fortified food. Fortified food includes also enriched food to which various nutrients have been added to compensate for those essential nutrients removed by refinement or processing. (From Segen, Dictionary of Modern Medicine, 1992)

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Anemia characterized by decreased or absent iron stores, low serum iron concentration, low transferrin saturation, and low hemoglobin concentration or hematocrit value. The erythrocytes are hypochromic and microcytic and the iron binding capacity is increased.

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A multifunctional iron-sulfur protein that is both an iron regulatory protein and cytoplasmic form of aconitate hydratase. It binds to iron regulatory elements found on mRNAs involved in iron metabolism and regulates their translation. Its rate of degradation is increased in the presence of IRON.

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