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BACKGROUND/AIMS During liver fibrosis, different fibroblastic cells, i.e. hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) or portal fibroblasts, are involved in the development of lesions, and acquire myofibroblastic(More)
Early studies showed that during hepatic fibrosis induced by bile duct ligation, fibroblasts within the portal tracts proliferate and express alpha-smooth muscle (SM) actin, suggesting that they may(More)