The function of heme-regulated eIF2alpha kinase in murine iron homeostasis and macrophage maturation.


Journal Article

Heme-regulated eIF2alpha kinase (HRI) plays an essential protective role in anemias of iron deficiency, erythroid protoporphyria, and beta-thalassemia. In this study, we report that HRI protein is present in murine macrophages, albeit at a lower level than in erythroid precursors. Hri-/- mice exhibited impaired macrophage maturation and a weaker antiinflammatory response with reduced cytokine production upon LPS challenge. The level of production of hepcidin, an important player in the pathogenesis of the anemia of inflammation, was significantly decreased in Hri-/- mice, accompanied by decreased splenic macrophage iron content and increased serum iron content. Hepcidin expression was also significantly lower, with a concomitant increase in serum iron in Hri-/- mice upon LPS treatment. We also demonstrated an impairment of erythrophagocytosis by Hri-/- macrophages both in vitro and in vivo under chronic hemolytic anemia, providing evidence for the role of HRI in recycling iron from senescent red blood cells. This work demonstrates that HRI deficiency attenuates hepcidin expression and iron homeostasis in mice, indicating a potential role for HRI in the anemia of inflammation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Liu, S; Suragani, RNVS; Wang, F; Han, A; Zhao, W; Andrews, NC; Chen, J-J

Published Date

  • November 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 117 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 3296 - 3305

PubMed ID

  • 17932563

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17932563

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9738

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1172/JCI32084


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States