Iron deficiency anemia: Recovery from in vitro oxidative stress

M. Bartal, D. Mazor, A. Dvilansky, Naomi Meyerstein

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

28 Scopus citations


Red blood cells in iron deficiency anemia (IDA) have a decreased activity of essential antioxidant enzymes. The present study examined the effect of in vitro exposure to oxidative agents in IDA cells and their recovery capacity. Red cells of 26 IDA patients and 10 healthy subjects were examined. Cells of IDA patients had higher levels of reduced glutathione (GSH), and normal methe-moglobin and malonyldialdehyde (MDA) levels. Exposure to butyl hydro-peroxide revealed a dose-dependent sensitivity in IDA cells, with extensive GSH depletion and increased MDA levels. These changes were partially reversible by incubation with dithiothreitol. Exposure to phenazine methosul-fate, to produce intracellular superoxide ions, resulted in moderate GSH de-pletion and methemoglobin production. IDA cells were more sensitive than control cells to high concentrations of this substance. This effect was further augmented by preincubation with a superoxide dismutase inhibitor. Our data demonstrate that IDA cells are more susceptible to oxidation but have good ca-pacity for recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-98
Number of pages5
JournalActa Haematologica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1993


  • Erythrocytes
  • Glutathione
  • Iron deficiency
  • Methemoglobin
  • Oxidative stress


Dive into the research topics of 'Iron deficiency anemia: Recovery from in vitro oxidative stress'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this