Journal article

Gastrins, iron homeostasis and colorectal cancer

Suzana Kovac, Gregory J Anderson, Graham S Baldwin

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2011


The peptide hormone gastrin has been identified as a major regulator of acid secretion and a potent mitogen for normal and malignant gastrointestinal cells. The importance of gastric acid in the absorption of dietary iron first became evident 50 years ago when iron deficiency anemia was recognized as a long-term consequence of partial gastrectomy. This review summarizes the connections between circulating gastrins, iron status and colorectal cancer. Gastrins bind two ferric ions with micromolar affinity and, in the case of non-amidated forms of the hormone, iron binding is essential for biological activity in vitro and in vivo. The demonstration of an interaction between gastrin and transfer..

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