Article Text

Download PDFPDF

Distribution of transferrin, ferritin, and lactoferrin in human tissues.
  1. D Y Mason,
  2. C R Taylor


    An immunoperoxidase staining technique was used for detecting three major iron-binding proteins (transferrin, ferritin, and lactoferrin) in routine histological paraffin sections of human tissue. Transferrin was found mainly in hepatocytes, a variety of epithelial and myoepithelial cells, renal tubular cells, and histiocytes. Ferritin was most readily found in histiocytes and liver cells, with weaker reactions seen in epithelial cells. Lactoferrin was found in lactating breast tissue, bronchial glands, polymorphs, and gastric and duodenal epithelial cells. The technique is potentially valuable for investigating abnormal iron states.

    Statistics from

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.