P-GSE30533-3 - P-GSE30533-3
Three-week-old male rats (Sprague Dawley) were purchased from Charles River Japan (Kanagawa, Japan) and housed in a room maintained at 24 ± 1°C and 40 ± 5% humidity with a 12-h light/dark cycle (light 08:00–20:00; dark 20:00–08:00). Rats were given a normal diet (Research Diets, Inc., New Brunswick, NJ, USA) as control and water for 24 h ad libitum. The composition of the control diet, 48 ppm iron, was based on the AIN-93G diet; Avicel was used in place of cellulose which may contain a trace amount of iron. On day 3, diet was removed at 18:00 and the feeding was conducted between 09:00 and 17:00 for another 4 days to synchronize the feeding behaviors. On day 8, rats were divided into two groups with similar average body weights. Rats in the one group (n = 5) were given ad libitum an iron-deficient diet, ca. 3 ppm iron, that was prepared by removal of iron (ferric citrate) from the control diet, and those in the other group (n = 5) were fed the control diet by pair feeding. On day 1 and day 3 of feeding with the experiment diet, the hemoglobin level of each rat was measured for the blood samples collected from the tail vein. On day 3, each rat was sacrificed under anesthesia after 1.5 h feeding, prior to excising the liver which was soon immersed in RNAlater (Applied Biosystems Japan, Tokyo, Japan).