Lina Abu-Tair

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BACKGROUND Liver fibrosis, which involves activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSC), is a major health problem and is the end outcome of all chronic liver diseases. The liver is populated with lymphocytes, among which are natural killer (NK) cells, whose activity is controlled by inhibitory and activating receptors. NKp46, one of the major NK activating(More)
We investigated leptin effects on lymphocyte interactions with hepatic-stellate-cells (HSCs). Leptin showed pro-fibrotic effects on HSCs with oxidative status imbalance. In co-cultures, leptin activates HSCs and consequently adhered HCV-lymphocytes more than healthy ones. Leptin also increased healthy and HCV lymphocyte proliferations; increased their(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Immune cells interact with hepatic-stellate-cells (HSCs) in the development of liver fibrosis. Little is known about the influence of pregnancy on the development and progression of hepatic-fibrosis. In this study, we explored the influence of pregnancy on progression of hepatic fibrosis. METHODS Female mice (C57Blc) were induced by 4(More)
The toll-like receptor-9 (TLR9) agonist cytosine phosphate guanine (CpG), activates hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and mediates fibrosis. We investigated the TLR9 effects on lymphocyte/HSCs interactions. Liver fibrosis was induced in wild-type (WT) mice by intra-peritoneal carbon-tetrachloride (CCl4) induction for 6 weeks. Fibrotic groups were intravenously(More)
We studied the in-vitro/in-vivo interactions between HCC/HSCs in early and advanced fibrosis-models. Hep3B-mono-cultures secreted high levels of αFetoProtein (αFP). Human-HSCs co-cultured with Hep3B-cells significantly decreased αFP and increased their apoptosis. Confocal-microscopy demonstrated Hep3B-phagocytosis inside the HSCs suggesting a direct(More)
Cannabinoid 2 (CB2) receptors expressed on immune cells are considered to be antifibrogenic. Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) directly interact with phagocytosis lymphocytes, but the nature of this interaction is obscure. We aimed to study the effects of CB2 receptors on hepatic fibrosis via their role in mediating immunity. Hepatic fibrosis was induced by(More)
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