Frank R Murphy

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The activated hepatic stellate cell (HSC) is central to liver fibrosis as the major source of collagens I and III and the tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1). During spontaneous recovery from liver fibrosis, there is a decrease of TIMP expression, an increase in collagenase activity, and increased apoptosis of HSC, highlighting a potential(More)
Hepatic stellate cells are the major source of the extracellular matrix that accumulates in fibrotic liver. During progressive liver fibrosis, hepatic stellate cells proliferate, but during resolution of fibrosis there is extensive stellate cell apoptosis that coincides with degradation of the liver scar. We have examined the possibility that the fate of(More)
Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus (LS&A) of the vulva and perianal skin is an atrophic condition that con occur alone or in association with additional lesions situated elsewhere on the skin surface. The cases of three sisters with LS&A of the vulva are reported herein; in one a squamous cell carcinoma developed in a hyperplastic area of mixed dystrophy (LS&A(More)
Apoptosis of hepatic stellate cells (HSC) has previously been shown to occur during spontaneous resolution of experimental liver fibrosis. TIMP-1 has also been shown to have a key role because of its ability to inhibit apoptosis of HSC via matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibition. This has led to further study of novel substrates for MMPs that might impact(More)
Liver fibrosis represents a major worldwide healthcare burden. Current therapy is limited to removing the causal agent. This approach is successful in some diseases; particularly haemochromatosis and chronic viral hepatitis. However, for many patients treatment is not possible, while other patients present to medical attention at an advanced stage of(More)