Mariana D. Dabeva

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UNLABELLED Oval cells appear and expand in the liver when hepatocyte proliferation is compromised. Many different markers have been attributed to these cells, but their nature still remains obscure. This study is a detailed gene expression analysis aimed at revealing their identity and repopulating in vivo capacity. Oval cells were activated in(More)
Hematopoietic stem cells rarely contribute to hepatic regeneration, however, the mechanisms governing their homing to the liver, which is a crucial first step, are poorly understood. The chemokine stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1), which attracts human and murine progenitors, is expressed by liver bile duct epithelium. Neutralization of the SDF-1(More)
UNLABELLED Hepatic progenitor/oval cells appear in injured livers when hepatocyte proliferation is impaired. These cells can differentiate into hepatocytes and cholangiocytes and could be useful for cell and gene therapy applications. In this work, we studied progenitor/oval cell surface markers in the liver of rats subjected to 2-acetylaminofluorene(More)
The potential of embryonal day (ED) 14 fetal liver epithelial progenitor (FLEP) cells from Fischer (F)344 rats to repopulate the normal and retrorsine-treated liver was studied throughout a 6-month period in syngeneic dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPPIV-) mutant F344 rats. In normal liver, FLEP cells formed: 1) hepatocytic clusters ranging in size up to(More)
The ability to identify, isolate, and transplant progenitor cells from solid tissues would greatly facilitate the treatment of diseases currently requiring whole organ transplantation. In this study, cell fractions enriched in candidate epithelial progenitor cells from the rat pancreas were isolated and transplanted into the liver of an inbred strain of(More)
Genetically marked hepatocytes from dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP) IV+ Fischer 344 rats were transplanted into the liver of DPPIV- mutant Fischer 344 rats after a combined treatment with retrorsine, a pyrrolizidine alkaloid that blocks the hepatocyte cell cycle, and two-thirds partial hepatectomy. In female rats, clusters of proliferated DPPIV+ hepatocytes(More)
Although it was proposed almost 60 years ago that the adult mammalian liver contains hepatic stem cells, this issue remains controversial. Part of the problem is that no specific marker gene unique to the adult hepatic stem cell has yet been identified, and regeneration of the liver after acute injury is achieved through proliferation of adult hepatocytes(More)
To identify cells that have the ability to proliferate and differentiate into all epithelial components of the liver lobule, we isolated fetal liver epithelial cells (FLEC) from ED 14 Fischer (F) 344 rats and transplanted these cells in conjunction with two-thirds partial hepatectomy into the liver of normal and retrorsine (Rs) treated syngeneic dipeptidyl(More)
Glypican-3 (Gpc3), a cell surface-linked heparan sulfate proteoglycan is highly expressed during embryogenesis and is involved in organogenesis. Its exact biological function remains unknown. We have studied the expression of Gpc3 in fetal and adult liver, in liver injury models of activation of liver progenitor cells: D-galactosamine and(More)
Rat liver regeneration was studied from 24 hours to 8 days after a single intraperitoneal injection of D-galactosamine (GalN). Morphological changes in the liver were analyzed in parallel with sequential changes in expression of histone-3 mRNA (a marker of cell proliferation), fetal alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) mRNA and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT)(More)