Chymase Inhibitor as a Novel Therapeutic Agent for Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis

  title={Chymase Inhibitor as a Novel Therapeutic Agent for Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis},
  author={Shinji Takai and Denan Jin},
  booktitle={Front. Pharmacol.},
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized by inflammation and fibrosis, in addition to steatosis, of the liver, but no therapeutic agents have yet been established. The mast cell protease chymase can generate angiotensin II, matrix metalloproteinase-9 and transforming growth factor-β, all of which are associated with liver inflammation or fibrosis. In animal models of NASH, augmented chymase has been observed in the liver. In histological analysis, chymase inhibitor prevented… CONTINUE READING
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