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BHT: A Potential New Drug To Treat Iron Overload Diseases
Iron is a required metal for most living organisms and ferritin is the primary iron storage protein for this essential element. Iron deficiency or overload also referred to as anemia or hemochromatosis, respectively are diseases of iron mismanagement that are directly associated with ferritin. Analysis is of the mechanism of iron uptake, oxidation and storage in ferritin and its release by a novel synthetic molecule that extracts iron more efficiently than the current drugs on the market (desferioxamine and deferasirox) used to treat individuals with iron overload diseases.