Bacterial endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide) stimulates the rate of iron oxidation.

Abstract

Bacterial endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide) has affinity for a number of cations, including iron. Previous investigations have demonstrated that lipopolysaccharide can affect the oxidation rate of iron; heme-bound ferrous iron in hemoglobin is oxidized to ferric iron when hemoglobin binds lipopolysaccharide. In the present study, we directly examined the… (More)

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