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BACKGROUND/AIMS Although matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their specific inhibitors (TIMPs) play an essential role in liver injury associated with tissue remodeling, the cellular origin of(More)
Hepatic stellate cells (HSC), a pericyte-like nonparenchymal liver cell population, are regarded as the principal matrix-synthesizing cells of fibrotic liver. They might also play a role during liver(More)
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