Pentoxifylline downregulates alpha (I) collagen expression by the inhibition of Ikappabalpha degradation in liver stellate cells.

Abstract

Overproduction of collagen (I) by activated hepatic stellate cells is a critical step in the development of liver fibrosis. It has been established that these cells express interleukin (IL)-6 and respond to this cytokine with an increase in alpha(I) collagen. Pentoxifylline, a methylxanthine derivate, has been reported to have antifibrotic properties, but… (More)

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