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Cells 2018, 7(12), 247;

Paradoxical Role of Matrix Metalloproteinases in Liver Injury and Regeneration after Sterile Acute Hepatic Failure

Center for Gastrointestinal Biology, Departamento de Morfologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais 31270-901, Brazil
Departamento de Biologia Animal, Universidade Federal De Viçosa, Viçosa 36570-900, Brazil
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 4N1, Canada
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON M5G 0A4, Canada
Departamento de Bioquímica e Imunologia, Laboratório de Imunofarmacologia, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais 31270-901, Brazil
Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
These authors equally contributed to this paper.
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Received: 9 November 2018 / Revised: 22 November 2018 / Accepted: 4 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Cell Signaling and Regulated Cell Death)
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Acetaminophen (APAP) poisoning is one of the leading causes of acute hepatic failure and liver transplantation is often the only lifesaving alternative. During the course of hepatocyte necrosis, an intense accumulation of neutrophils is often observed within the liver microenvironment. Despite the classic idea that neutrophil accumulation in tissues causes collateral tissue damage, there is a growing body of evidence showing that neutrophils can also orchestrate the resolution of inflammation. In this work, drug-induced liver injury was induced by oral administration of APAP and pharmacological intervention was made 12 h after this challenge. Liver injury and repair kinetics were evaluated by a novel combination of enzyme quantifications, ELISA, specific antagonists of neutrophil enzymes and confocal intravital microscopy. We have demonstrated that neutrophil infiltration is not only involved in injury amplification, but also in liver tissue repair after APAP-induced liver injury. In fact, while neutrophil depletion led to reduced hepatic necrosis during APAP poisoning, injury recovery was also delayed in neutropenic mice. The mechanisms underlying the neutrophil reparative role involved rapid degranulation and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) activity. Our data highlights the crucial role of neutrophils, in particular for MMPs, in the resolution phase of APAP-induced inflammatory response. View Full-Text
Keywords: neutrophil; matrix metalloproteinases; liver injury; sterile inflammation neutrophil; matrix metalloproteinases; liver injury; sterile inflammation

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Alvarenga, D.M.; Mattos, M.S.; Lopes, M.E.; Marchesi, S.C.; Araújo, A.M.; Nakagaki, B.N.; Santos, M.M.; David, B.A.; De Souza, V.A.; Carvalho, É.; Sousa Pereira, R.V.; Marques, P.E.; Mafra, K.; De Castro Oliveira, H.M.; De Miranda, C.D.M.; Diniz, A.B.; De Oliveira, T.H.C.; Teixeira, M.M.; Rezende, R.M.; Antunes, M.M.; Menezes, G.B. Paradoxical Role of Matrix Metalloproteinases in Liver Injury and Regeneration after Sterile Acute Hepatic Failure. Cells 2018, 7, 247.

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