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A transmembrane iron transporter (SLC40A1, solute carrier family 40, member 1, 571 aa) with highest level of expression in human placenta (probably transporting iron from mother to fetus), liver, spleen, and kidney and also also at the basolateral surface of duodenal enterocytes (where it is important for iron uptake from the intestine). Mutations in the ferroportin gene cause haemochromatosis type 4. See hepcidin antimicrobial peptide.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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