Free course

Iron transport and storage

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, Iron transport and storage, looks at the methods that have been developed by organisms for the uptake, transport and storage of iron: a process made more complicated by the insolubility of its oxides and hydroxides. You will examine iron storage in mammals, including humans,. This is achieved by ferritin which stores iron as a hydrated iron (III) oxide an example of biomineralisation.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe some of the biochemical methods by which organisms uptake iron
  • describe some of the biochemical processes by which organisms store and transfer iron
  • explain why iron is present only in very low concentrations in aqueous solution
  • use aspects of iron(III) chemistry to explain the role of macrocyclic ligands in iron uptake and transfer.