Observations on the iron status during pregnancy in rats. Iron transport from mother to fetus

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 1980 Jul;10(6):389-92. doi: 10.1016/0028-2243(80)90024-6.


The objective of the present study was to investigate a transfer of liver iron in rats from mother to fetus during pregnancy. A decrease in maternal liver iron and an increase in fetal liver iron, in groups of 10 rats, have been shown, based on iron analysis and specific activity of 59Fe.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Ferritins / blood
  • Fetus / analysis
  • Fetus / metabolism
  • Iron / analysis
  • Iron / metabolism*
  • Liver / analysis
  • Liver / metabolism*
  • Maternal-Fetal Exchange*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Animal*
  • Rats


  • Ferritins
  • Iron