Melissa L Dumble

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Several reliable and reproducible methods are available to induce oval cells in rat liver. Effective methods often involve inhibiting proliferation in hepatocytes using an alkylating agent, then subjecting the rat to partial hepatectomy (PH). The surgery is difficult to perform reproducibly in mice. Approaches that do not include partial hepatectomy, such(More)
Oval cells are bipotential liver stem cells able to differentiate into hepatocytes and bile duct epithelia. In normal adult liver oval cells are quiescent, existing in low numbers around the periportal region, and proliferate following severe, prolonged liver trauma. There is evidence implicating oval cells in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma,(More)
Although p53 regulates the cell cycle and apoptosis, gross embryonic development is normal in the p53 knockout (-/-) mouse. In this study, we comprehensively assessed liver development in p53 -/- mice (from embryonic day 15 to adult) for evidence of a cell cycle-induced perturbation in differentiation. Liver cell proliferation in the embryo and newborn is(More)
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