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FEBS Lett. 1988 Apr 11;231(1):253-8.

Iron storage in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Université Catholique de Louvain, Laboratoire de Biochemie, Belgium.


A ferritin-like molecule was purified from iron-loaded cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, but its iron content was very low and was not representative of the cellular iron content. A study of the intracellular distribution of iron has shown that the vacuoles are involved in the storage of iron in the yeast cell. Moreover, it seems that this vacuolar iron can be further utilised by the cells for iron-requiring processes such as mitochondriogenesis.

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