BACKGROUND AND AIM Development of effective antifibrotic treatments that can be translated to clinical practice is an important challenge in contemporary hepatology. A recent report on β-thalassemia patients demonstrated that deferasirox treatment reversed or stabilized liver fibrosis independent of its iron-chelating properties. In this study, we investigated deferasirox in cell and animal models to better understand its potential antifibrotic effects. METHODS The LX-2 stellate cell line was treated with 5 μM or 50 μM deferasirox (Exjade, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia, North Ryde, NSW, Australia) for up to 120 h. Three-week-old multidrug resistance 2 null (Mdr2(-/-) ) mice received oral deferasirox or vehicle for 4 weeks (30 mg/kg/day). Cells and liver tissue were collected for assessment of fibrosis and fibrogenic gene expression. RESULTS In LX-2 cells treated with 50 μM deferasirox for 12 h, α1(I)procollagen expression was decreased by 25%, with maximal reductions (10-fold) seen following 24-120 h of treatment. Similarly, α-smooth muscle actin (αSMA) expression was significantly lower. Alterations in matrix remodeling genes, specifically decreased expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2, were observed. There was no significant difference in hepatic hydroxyproline content in Mdr2(-/-) mice following deferasirox administration (vehicle: 395 ± 27 μg/g vs deferasirox: 421 ± 33 μg/g). Similarly, no changes in the expression of fibrogenic genes were observed. CONCLUSION Despite reductions in α1(I)procollagen and αSMA expression and alterations in matrix degradation genes in LX-2 cells, deferasirox did not exhibit antifibrotic activity in Mdr2(-/-) mice. Given the positive outcomes seen in human trials, it may be appropriate to study deferasirox in other animal models of fibrosis and/or for a longer duration of therapy.