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Ferritin from equine spleen

Type I, saline solution

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Type I


saline solution

mol wt

H subunit ~21 kDa
L subunit ~19 kDa


red to brown

cation traces

Cd: ≤1% (as % of ferritin)

storage temp.


General description

A shell of 24 protein subunits (apoferritin) and a core Fe 3+ ions with a peptide MW of 440 kDa. Review of the ferritin-like superfamily of iron-storage proteins, virtually ubiquitous in life on earth.


Ferritin from equine spleen has been used:
  • in mycobacterial growth assay
  • in size-exclusion chromatography
  • in labeling of macrophage cells
  • as a reference standard in muon spin spectroscopy

Biochem/physiol Actions

A ubiquitous iron storage protein that plays a key role in iron metabolism. It serves as an intracellular iron reserve (particularly in spleen, liver, intestinal mucosa, and bone marrow) and functions in iron detoxification. Studies have shown that ferritin iron incorporation is mediated by a ferroxidase activity associated with ferritin H subunits and a nucleation center associated with ferritin L subunits. Release of iron from ferritin has an essential role in iron-dependent lipid peroxidation and may contribute to free radical-induced cell damage in vivo. Therefore, by binding iron, ferritin may function as an antioxidant.

Storage Class Code

12 - Non Combustible Liquids

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

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    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

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  3. What is the concentration of ferritin in solutions of Product F4503, Ferritin from equine spleen?

    The concentration of ferritin is lot specific and can be found on the Certificate of Analysis (CofA) for the specific lot.

  4. Has Product F4503, Ferritin from equine spleen, been cell culture tested?

    The solution is sterile-filtered but has not been tested in cell culture.

  5. Where is iron located in the ferritin molecule of Product F4503, Ferritin from equine spleen?

    Iron is located in the core of the ferritin molecule consisting of 24 subunits. Up to 4500 iron ions can be contained in this core.

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Adipocyte model of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection reveals differential iron availability to bacilli in the lipid rich caseous environment
Nandy A, et al.
Infection and Immunity, IAI-00041 (2018)
Sella Kim et al.
Journal of molecular biology, 428(24 Pt B), 5007-5018 (2016-11-03)
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Italo Moglia et al.
Journal of inorganic biochemistry, 183, 184-190 (2017-12-28)
Ferritin is a globular protein that consists of 24 subunits forming a hollow nanocage structure that naturally stores iron oxyhydroxides. Elimination of iron atoms to obtain the empty protein called apoferritin is the first step to use this organic shell...

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