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Marlini M, Mabuchi A, Mallard BL, Hairulhisyam N, Akashi-Takamura A, Harper JL, Wheatley AM
Experimental Physiology
Delayed liver regeneration in C3H/HeJ mice: Possible involvement of haemodynamic and structural changes in the hepatic microcirculation
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Liver regeneration is delayed in mice with a defective Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4; C3H/HeJ mice) but is normal in TLR4 knockouts (TLR4−/−). Here, we investigated the possible involvement of structural and haemodynamic changes in vivo in the underlying mechanism. In lipopolysaccharide-sensitive (C3H/HeN and C57BL/6) and lipopolysaccharide-insensitive (C3H/HeJ and TLR4−/−) mice, a 70% partial hepatectomy (PH) was performed under inhalational anaesthesia. At days 3 and 7 after PH, the hepatic microcirculation was interrogated using intravital microscopy. Delayed liver regeneration was confirmed in C3H/HeJ, but not in C3H/HeN, C57BL/6 (WT) or TLR4−/− mice by liver weight-to-body-weight ratio, the percentage of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA)-positive cells and mitotic index data. At day 3 after PH, sinusoidal red blood cell velocity increased by 100% in C3H/HeN mice, but by only 40% in C3H/HeJ mice. Estimated sinusoidal blood flow was significantly higher at day 7 after PH in C3H/HeN than in C3H/HeJ mice. The hepatic cord width was significantly larger in C3H/HeN than in C3H/HeJ mice at day 3 and it was significantly larger in TLR4−/− than in C57BL/6 WT mice at day 7 after PH. Hepatocyte nucleus density and functional sinusoidal density was significantly reduced at days 3 and 7 after PH in all mouse strains compared with their zero-time controls. Functional sinusoidal density was significantly lower in C3H/HeJ compared with C3H/HeN mice at day 7 after PH. The present study indicates that altered sinusoidal blood flow and velocity in C3H/HeJ mice may contribute to the observed delay in the regenerative response in these mice. In addition, restoration of normal liver architecture may be delayed in TLR4−/− mice.
doi 10.1113/EP085727
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Biomedical Science and Engineering