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Iron transporter Nramp2/DMT-1 is associated with the membrane of phagosomes in macrophages and Sertoli cells.

Nramp2 (DMT1) is a pH-dependent divalent cation transporter that acts as the transferrin-independent iron uptake system at the intestinal brush border and also transports iron released from transferrin across the membrane of acidified endosomes. In this study, RAW264.7 macrophages and 2 independently derived murine Sertoli cells lines, TM4 and 15P-1, were used to further study the subcellular localization of Nramp2/DMT1 in phagocytic cells, including possible recruitment to the phagosomal membrane. Nramp2/DMT1 was localized primarily to the EEA1-positive recycling endosome compartment, with some overlapping staining with Lamp1-positive late endosomes. After phagocytosis, immunofluorescence analysis and in vitro biochemical studies using purified latex bead-containing phagosomes indicated Nramp2/DMT1 recruitment to the membrane of Lamp1, cathepsin D, and rab7-positive phagosomes. Nramp2/DMT1 was also found associated with erythrocyte-containing phagosomes in RAW macrophages and with the periphery of sperm-containing phagosomes in Sertoli cells. These results suggest that, as for the macrophage-specific Nramp1 protein, Nramp2/DMT1 may transport divalent metals from the phagosomal space.[1]


  1. Iron transporter Nramp2/DMT-1 is associated with the membrane of phagosomes in macrophages and Sertoli cells. Jabado, N., Canonne-Hergaux, F., Gruenheid, S., Picard, V., Gros, P. Blood (2002) [Pubmed]
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