PMID: 11769633Jan 5, 2002Paper

Changes of serum transferrin receptor in children with iron deficiency and its response to iron supplementation

Zhonghua yu fang yi xue za zhi [Chinese journal of preventive medicine]
X LinX Shen


To study the level of serum transferrin receptor (sTfR) in children with different stages of iron deficiency, as well as in the normal children, to observe its response to iron supplementation, and to explore the role of sTfR in surveillance of iron status and assessment of iron supplementation in population. By determining iron status index, 1,006 children aged 6-14 years in Fangshan District, Beijing were divided into four groups, control group, iron depletion (ID) group, iron deficiency erythropoiesis (IDE) group and iron deficiency anemia (IDA) group, and 239 of them were measured for sTfR with Quintikine enzyme immunoassay (R&D system, Minneapolis, MN) and sTfR/logserum ferratin (SF) was estimated. Iron supplementation (NaFeEDTA capsules, containing 60 mg iron element per capsule) was administered for the children with ID and IDE per capsule once weekly and for the children with IDA per capsule thrice weekly for nine weeks. Iron status index and sTfR were measured before and after iron supplementation. The levels of sTfR and sTfR/log SF in children with ID, IDE and IDA were (20.03 +/- 2.33) nmol/L, (24.52 +/- 1.07) nmol/L, (33.28 +/- 6.09) nmol/L and (18.15 +/- 5.31), (20.98 +/- 8.88), (29.08 +/- 8.57), respectively, signi...Continue Reading

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