Identification of a Steap3 endosomal targeting motif essential for normal iron metabolism

Teresa Lambe, Robert J. Simpson, Sara Dawson, Tiphaine Bouriez-Jones, Tanya L. Crockford, Michelle Lepherd, Gladys O. Latunde-Dada, Hannah Robinson, Kishor B. Raja, Dean R. Campagna, Guadalupe Villarreal, J. Clive Ellory, Christopher C. Goodnow, Mark D. Fleming, Andrew T. McKie, Richard J. Cornall

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Hereditary forms of iron-deficiency anemia, including animal models, have taught us much about the normal physiologic control of iron metabolism. However, the discovery of new informative mutants is limited by the natural mutation frequency. To address this limitation, we have developed a screen for heritable abnormalities of red blood cell morphology in mice with single-nucleotide changes induced by the chemical mutagen ethylnitrosourea (ENU). We now describe the first strain, fragile-red, with hypochromic microcytic anemia resulting from a Y228H substitution in the ferrireductase Steap3 (Steap3 Y288H). Analysis of the Steap3 Y288H mutant identifies a conserved motif required for targeting Steap3 to internal compartments and highlights how pheno-typic screens linked to mutagenesis can identify new functional variants in erythro-poiesis and ascribe function to previously unidentified motifs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1805-1808
Number of pages4
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 19 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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