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Ann Clin Biochem. 2012 May;49(Pt 3):302-5. doi: 10.1258/acb.2011.011229. Epub 2012 Apr 25.

Two novel mutations in the L ferritin coding sequence associated with benign hyperferritinaemia unmasked by glycosylated ferritin assay.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Orpington, Kent BR6 8ND, UK.


Investigating persistent hyperferritinaemia without apparent iron overload is challenging. Even when inflammation, cirrhosis, Still's disease, fatty liver and malignancy are excluded, there remains a group of patients with unexplained hyperferritinaemia for whom rare forms of haemochromatosis (ferroportin disease) are a consideration. Preliminary results suggest that abnormal percentage glycosylation of serum ferritin is seen in some cases of genetically determined hyperferritinaemia. Serum ferritin is normally 50-81% glycosylated, but low glycosylation (20-42%) prevails in hereditary hyperferritinaemia cataract syndrome. This contrasts with hyperglycosylation (>90%) associated with the benign hyperferritinaemia related to missense L ferritin (p.Thr30Ile) mutation. Here, we describe two novel missense L ferritin variants also associated with hyperglycosylation, p.Gln26Ile and p.Ala27Val. Ferritin glycosylation, a comparatively simple measurement, can identify patients for DNA sequencing as hyperglycosylation (>90%) is associated with benign hyperferritinaemia and mutant L ferritin chain.

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