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Tanshinone IIA (TSA) is a widely used traditional Chinese medicine, which has been demonstrated to protect damaged liver cells and is currently administered in the treatment of liver fibrosis. Liver precursor cells, also termed oval cells, are key in the repair of liver tissues following injury. However, whether TSA improves the function of liver cells and(More)
AIM   To investigate direct effects of hepatitis B virus (HBV) on collagen type I in vitro. METHODS   Collagen type I were measured after LX-2 cell cultured with purified or serum HBV for 12, 24 and 48 h. Furthermore, evidence of HBV infection to LX-2 were detected, and different inhibitors were used to identify pathways regulating collagen I expression.(More)
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