Age-related variations in hepatic regeneration and erythropoietin production in the rat.

Erythropoietin (Ep) is produced mainly by the liver and spleen during fetal and neonatal periods and by the kidney during adolescent and adult life. The liver is also an important extrarenal producer of Ep in the hypoxic, anephric adult animal. Subtotal hepatectomy results in a substantial elevation in serum Ep levels at 30-72 hours after hepatectomy in… (More)