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Dimethylnitrosamine (DMN) is a potent hepatotoxin that can cause fibrosis of the liver. It's ability to provide a suitable rapid experimental murine model for early human cirrhosis was examined. The drug was administered to adult male albino rats in order to document sequential pathological and biochemical alterations. Injury was produced by intraperitoneal(More)
The molecular characteristics of purified pepsin solubilized collagen from rat liver was studied in control and dimethylnitrosamine administered animals. The alpha- and beta-chains of purified pepsin solubilized liver collagen were separated by subjecting the denatured collagen to SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The alpha 1(III) chains were resolved(More)
  • Joseph George
  • 2003
BACKGROUND Ascorbic acid is a potent antioxidant and is involved in many metabolic activities including collagen biosynthesis. In the present investigation, ascorbic acid and lipid peroxides were monitored in the blood and liver samples during the progression of experimentally induced hepatic fibrosis. METHODS Liver injury was induced by intraperitoneal(More)
The pathogenesis of hepatic fibrosis involves significant deposition of fibrilar collagen and other extracellular matrix proteins. It is a rather dynamic process of wound healing in response to a variety of persistent liver injury caused by factors such as ethanol intake, viral infection, drugs, toxins, cholestasis, and metabolic disorders. Liver fibrosis(More)
PURPOSE The induction of apoptotic pathways in cancer cells offers a novel and potentially useful approach to improve patient responses to conventional chemotherapy. Tissue factor pathway inhibitor-2 (TFPI-2) is a protease inhibitor that is abundant in the extracellular matrix and highly expressed in noninvasive cells but absent or undetectable in highly(More)
UNLABELLED A key feature in the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis is fibrillar Collagen-I deposition; yet, mediators that could be key therapeutic targets remain elusive. We hypothesized that osteopontin (OPN), an extracellular matrix (ECM) cytokine expressed in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), could drive fibrogenesis by modulating the HSC pro-fibrogenic(More)
BACKGROUND Infliximab is an anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha monoclonal antibody IgG effective in the treatment and maintenance of remission of active refractory Crohn disease and associated draining enterocutaneous fistulae. Multiple infusions of infliximab show promising results in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Currently, there is limited clinical(More)
Glycoproteins play a major role in the pathogenesis of hepatic fibrosis by accumulating in the sinusoids and the space of Disse. In order to obtain more information about the altered metabolism of glycoproteins during the development of human hepatic fibrosis, the carbohydrate moieties of the glycoproteins were monitored in experimentally induced hepatic(More)
OBJECTIVES The pathogenesis of hepatic fibrosis is accompanied with several biochemical and metabolic abnormalities. To obtain more information about the alteration of biochemical and metabolic parameters during alcoholic liver fibrosis, we have monitored the changes of certain important biochemical compounds in experimentally induced hepatic fibrosis. (More)
Tissue engineering using living cells is emerging as an alternative to tissue or organ transplantation. The adult mesenchymal stem cells can be differentiated into multilineage cells, such as adipocytes, chondrocytes, or osteoblasts when cultured with specific growth factors. In the present investigation, we have studied the effect of honeycomb collagen(More)