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  • Small molecule transports iron in mice, human cells to treat some forms of anemia

    Martin Burke stands behind a seated Stella Ekaputri

    University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin D. Burke and graduate student Stella Ekaputri were part of a team that found a small molecule, hinokitiol, ferries iron out of liver cells lacking the protein that normally does the job and restores hemoglobin and red blood cell production.  

    Photo by Michelle Hassel


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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Martin Burke, call 217-244-8726; email:  

    The paper “A small molecule redistributes iron in ferroportin-deficient mice and patient-derived primary macrophages” is available online.

    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2121400119