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Hepatic stellate cells

Yingxue Yu, Xuehua Sun, Jinyang Gu, Chang Yu, Yankai Wen, Yueqiu Gao, Qiang Xia, Xiaoni Kong
Liver fibrosis is a global health problem and previous studies have demonstrated that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play important roles in fibrogenesis. Parkinson disease (autosomal recessive, early onset) 7 (Park7) also called DJ-1 has an essential role in modulating cellular ROS levels. DJ-1 therefore may play functions in liver fibrogenesis and modulation of DJ-1 may be a promising therapeutic approach. Here, wild-type (WT) and DJ-1 knockout (DJ-1 KO) mice were administrated with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) to induce liver fibrosis or acute liver injury...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Adil El Taghdouini, Leo A van Grunsven
Chronic liver injury to hepatocytes or cholangiocytes, when left unmanaged, leads to the development of liver fibrosis, a condition characterized by the excessive intrahepatic deposition of extracellular matrix proteins. Activated hepatic stellate cells constitute the predominant source of extracellular matrix in fibrotic livers and their transition from a quiescent state during fibrogenesis is associated with important alterations in their transcriptional and epigenetic landscape. Areas covered: We briefly describe the processes involved in hepatic stellate cell activation and discuss our current understanding of alterations in the epigenetic landscape, i...
October 20, 2016: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Jie Qin, Yusuke Arakawa, Miwa Morita, John J Fung, Shiguang Qian, Lina Lu
BACKGROUND: Islet transplantation is a promising therapeutic approach for restore the physical response to blood glucose in type 1 diabetes. Current chronic use of immunosuppressive reagents for preventing islet allograft rejection is associated with severe complications. In addition, many of the immunosuppressive drugs are diabetogenic. The induction of transplant tolerance to eliminate the dependency on immunosuppression is ideal, but remains challenging. METHODS: Addition of hepatic stellate cells allowed generation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) from precursors in mouse bone marrow...
October 17, 2016: Transplantation
Kangkang Wu, Rui Huang, Hongyan Wu, Yong Liu, Chenchen Yang, Shufeng Cao, Xianglin Hou, Bing Chen, Jianwu DaI, Chao Wu
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) serves an important role in promoting angiogenesis and tissue regeneration. However, the lack of an effective delivery system that can target this growth factor to the injured site reduces its therapeutic efficacy. Therefore, in the current study, collagen‑binding VEGF was constructed by fusing a collagen‑binding domain (CBD) to the N‑terminal of native VEGF. The CBD‑VEGF can specifically bind to collagen which is the major component of the extracellular matrix in fibrotic liver...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Devaraj Ezhilarasan, Jonathan Evraerts, Sid Brice, Pedro Buc-Calderon, Sivanesan Karthikeyan, Etienne Sokal, Mustapha Najimi
BACKGROUND: Proliferation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) play pivotal role in the progression of hepatic fibrosis consequent to chronic liver injury. Silibinin (SBN), a flavonoid compound, has shown to possess cell cycle arresting potential against many actively proliferating cancers cell lines. The objective of this study was to evaluate the anti-proliferative and cell cycle arresting properties of SBN in rapidly proliferating human hepatic stellate LX-2 cell line. METHODS: LX-2 cells were fed with culture medium supplemented with different concentrations of SBN (10, 50 and 100 μM)...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
Cristiane C Denardin, Leo A M Martins, Mariana M Parisi, Moema Queiroz Vieira, Silvia R Terra, Florencia M Barbé-Tuana, Radovan Borojevic, Márcia Vizzotto, Tatiana Emanuelli, Fátima Costa Rodrigues Guma
Activated hepatic stellate cells (HSC) are the major source of collagen I in liver fibrosis. Eugenia uniflora L. is a tree species that is widely distributed in South America. E. uniflora L. fruit-popularly known as pitanga-has been shown to exert beneficial properties. Autophagy contributes to the maintenance of cellular homeostasis and survival under stress situation, but it has also been suggested to be an alternative cell death pathway. Mitochondria play a pivotal role on signaling cell death. Mitophagy of damaged mitochondria is an important cell defense mechanism against organelle-mediated cell death signaling...
October 15, 2016: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Piero Pingitore, Paola Dongiovanni, Benedetta Maria Motta, Marica Meroni, Saverio Massimo Lepore, Rosellina Margherita Mancina, Serena Pelusi, Cristina Russo, Andrea Caddeo, Giorgio Rossi, Tiziana Montalcini, Arturo Pujia, Olov Wiklund, Luca Valenti, Stefano Romeo
Liver fibrosis is a pathological scarring response to chronic hepatocellular injury and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are key players in this process. PNPLA3 I148M is a common variant robustly associated with liver fibrosis but the mechanisms underlying this association are unknown.We aimed to examine a) the effect of fibrogenic and proliferative stimuli on PNPLA3 levels in HSCs and b) the role of wild type and mutant PNPLA3 overexpression on markers of HSC activation and fibrosis.Here we show that PNPLA3 is upregulated by the fibrogenic cytokine transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β), but not by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), and is involved in the TGF-β-induced reduction in lipid droplets in primary human HSCs...
October 13, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Shanfei Ge, Lunli Zhang, Jianping Xie, Fei Liu, Jinni He, Jinwen He, Xiaowei Wang, Tianxing Xiang
:  Background. We previously identified miR-146b as being up-regulated during the development of hepatic fibrosis using deep sequencing technology and gene expression analysis. However, the roles and related mechanisms of miR-146b in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), which are involved in fibrogenesis and fibrosis, have not been elucidated. RESULTS: We report that miR-146b expression was increased in TGF-ß1-treated HSCs. TGF- ß1 enhanced α-SMA and COL1A1 protein expression in HSCs and stimulated proliferation of these cells compared with cells transfected with inhibitor NC...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Maria Celia Fernandez, Roni Rayes, Boram Ham, Ni Wang, France Bourdeau, Simon Milette, Martin Lllemann, Nigel Bird, Ali Majeed, Jun Xu, Tatiana Kisselova, Pnina Brodt
Hepatic stellate cells (HSC) play a major role in initiating the liver fibrogenic (wounding) response of the liver and can also orchestrate a pro-metastatic microenvironment in the liver in response to invading cancer cells. Here we explored the role of the hepatic stellate cells in colon carcinoma liver metastasis with emphasis on the contribution of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis to their activation and function. To this end, we used mice with a Tamoxifen inducible liver IGF-I deficiency. We found that in mice with a sustained IGF-I deficiency, recruitment and activation of HSC into tumor-infiltrated areas of the liver were markedly diminished, resulting in decreased collagen deposition and reduced tumor expansion...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Li Chen, David R Brigstock
Liver fibrosis occurs during chronic injury and represents, in large part, an exaggerated matrigenic output by hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) which become activated as a result of injury-induced signaling pathways in parenchymal and inflammatory cells (hepatocytes, macrophages, etc.). The molecular components in these pathways (e.g., CCN proteins) are modulated by transcription factors as well as by factors such as microRNAs (miRs) that act posttranscriptionally. MiRs are small (~23 nt) noncoding RNAs that regulate gene expression by specifically interacting with the 3' untranslated region (UTR) of target gene mRNA to repress translation or enhance mRNA cleavage...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Li Chen, David R Brigstock
Hepatic fibrosis is a complex pathology arising from chronic injury. Pathological features are dominated by the excessive production of extracellular matrix proteins, particularly collagens which are deposited as insoluble scar material that can compromise tissue function. Fibrosis in the liver can often be assessed by staining for collagen in tissue sections and this is an approach that is widely used for grading of fibrosis in human biopsies. However, the recognition of the molecular components that drive fibrosis, including CCN proteins, and the involvement of hepatic stellate cells (HSC) as the principal collagen-producing cells in fibrosing liver, has resulted in a wide variety of molecular and cellular approaches to study the pathogenesis of fibrosis both in vivo and in vitro...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yu Huang, Di Huang, Jiefeng Weng, Shuai Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Zhenhao Mai, Weili Gu
Experimental and clinical evidence show that liver fibrosis is potentially reversible. Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) play a key role in the development of liver fibrosis. Some studies have shown that reversine could induce cell apoptosis. We attempted to elucidate the effect of reversine on cell cycle, apoptosis, and activation of HSCs. Data showed that reversine induced morphological changes in HSCs, inhibited cell proliferation, and induced cell-cycle arrest at the G2/M phase. Reversine induced cell apoptosis through caspase-dependent and mitochondria-dependent pathways...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Jacob Mareen, Jithendriya Madhukara
Lucio phenomenon (LP) or erythema necroticans is a rare type of reaction pattern found in untreated patients with diffuse non-nodular leprosy. It is important to distinguish this from vasculonecrotic erythema nodosum because thalidomide with high-dose steroids is the mainstay of treatment for the latter, whereas LP shows no response to thalidomide. We report a case of a 60-year-old man who presented with purpuric patches, hemorrhagic blisters, and ulcers over extremities of 15 days duration. On cutaneous examination, there were multiple stellate purpuric patches, hemorrhagic bullae, and deep necrotic ulcers, mainly over extremities...
September 2016: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
Kiyoshi Asada, Yosuke Aihara, Hiroaki Takaya, Ryuichi Noguchi, Tadashi Namisaki, Kei Moriya, Masakazu Uejima, Mitsuteru Kitade, Tsuyoshi Mashitani, Kosuke Takeda, Hideto Kawaratani, Yasushi Okura, Kosuke Kaji, Akitoshi Douhara, Yasuhiko Sawada, Norihisa Nishimura, Kenichiro Seki, Akira Mitoro, Junichi Yamao, Hitoshi Yoshiji
AIM: To clarify whether Agtr1a methylation is involved in the development of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)-related liver fibrosis in adult rats. METHODS: A choline-deficient amino acid (CDAA) diet model was employed for methylation analysis of NASH-related liver fibrosis. Agtr1a methylation levels were measured in the livers of CDAA- and control choline-sufficient amino acid (CSAA)-fed rats for 8 and 12 wk using quantitative methylation-specific PCR. Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) were isolated by collagenase digestion of the liver, followed by centrifugation of the crude cell suspension through a density gradient...
October 8, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Rodrigo Liberal, Charlotte R Grant
Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) constitute the classic autoimmune liver diseases (AILDs). While AIH target the hepatocytes, in PBC and PSC the targets of the autoimmune attack are the biliary epithelial cells. Persistent liver injury, associated with chronic AILD, leads to un-resolving inflammation, cell proliferation and the deposition of extracellular matrix proteins by hepatic stellate cells and portal myofibroblasts. Liver cirrhosis, and the resultant loss of normal liver function, inevitably ensues...
October 8, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Angeles Duran, Eloy D Hernandez, Miguel Reina-Campos, Elias A Castilla, Shankar Subramaniam, Sindhu Raghunandan, Lewis R Roberts, Tatiana Kisseleva, Michael Karin, Maria T Diaz-Meco, Jorge Moscat
Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) play critical roles in liver fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Vitamin D receptor (VDR) activation in HSCs inhibits liver inflammation and fibrosis. We found that p62/SQSTM1, a protein upregulated in liver parenchymal cells but downregulated in HCC-associated HSCs, negatively controls HSC activation. Total body or HSC-specific p62 ablation potentiates HSCs and enhances inflammation, fibrosis, and HCC progression. p62 directly interacts with VDR and RXR promoting their heterodimerization, which is critical for VDR:RXR target gene recruitment...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Cell
Zexi Hu, Lars Zender
The multidomain adaptor protein p62 has been suggested to exert pro-oncogenic functions in hepatocytes and other epithelial cells. In this issue of Cancer Cell, Duran et al. show that p62 acts as a non-cell-autonomous tumor suppressor in liver cancer by counteracting the activation of hepatic stellate cells.
October 10, 2016: Cancer Cell
Takeru Amiya, Nobuhiro Nakamoto, Po-Sung Chu, Toshiaki Teratani, Hideaki Nakajima, Yumi Fukuchi, Nobuhito Taniki, Akihiro Yamaguchi, Shunsuke Shiba, Rei Miyake, Tadashi Katayama, Hirotoshi Ebinuma, Takanori Kanai
The fundamental mechanism how heterogeneous hepatic macrophage (Mφ) subsets fulfill diverse functions in health and disease has not been elucidated. We recently reported that CCR9(+) inflammatory Mφs play a critical role in the course of acute liver injury. To clarify the origin and differentiation of CCR9(+)Mφs, we used a unique partial bone marrow (BM) chimera model with liver shielding for maintaining hepatic resident Mφs. First, irradiated mice developed less liver injury with less Mφs accumulation by Concanavalin A (Con A) regardless of liver shielding...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hitoshi Nishizawa, Genzo Iguchi, Hidenori Fukuoka, Michiko Takahashi, Kentaro Suda, Hironori Bando, Ryusaku Matsumoto, Kenichi Yoshida, Yukiko Odake, Wataru Ogawa, Yutaka Takahashi
Hepatic fibrosis in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and cirrhosis determines patient prognosis; however, effective treatment for fibrosis has not been established. Oxidative stress and inflammation activate hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and promote fibrosis. In contrast, cellular senescence inhibits HSCs' activity and limits fibrosis. The aim of this study was to explore the effect of IGF-I on NASH and cirrhotic models and to clarify the underlying mechanisms. We demonstrate that IGF-I significantly ameliorated steatosis, inflammation, and fibrosis in a NASH model, methionine-choline-deficient diet-fed db/db mice and ameliorated fibrosis in cirrhotic model, dimethylnitrosamine-treated mice...
October 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
Huanhuan Jin, Naqi Lian, Feng Zhang, Mianli Bian, Xingran Chen, Chenxi Zhang, Yan Jia, Chunfeng Lu, Meng Hao, Shunyu Yao, Jiangjuan Shao, Li Wu, Anping Chen, Shizhong Zheng
Accumulating evidence indicates that hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are the central mediators and major effectors in the development of hepatic fibrosis. It is well-known that regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis are potential strategies to block the activation of HSCs. Recently, several studies have revealed that induction of HSC senescence could prevent and cure the liver fibrosis. In our previous work, we have demonstrated that the natural product tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) could inhibit the activation of HSCs and ameliorate hepatic fibrosis...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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