Signaling Pathways in Liver Fibrosis Process

A special issue of Livers (ISSN 2673-4389).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 518

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hepatic fibrogenesis is a complex process driven by a variety of pathogenic signaling transduction processes modulating the biology in parenchymal and non-parenchymal liver cells. Most important are cytokine and chemokine networks that orchestrate an inflammatory response that leads to the recruitment and activation of distinct leukocyte subsets. Moreover, the different molecular mediators target specific signaling branches that lead to increased formation of extracellular matrix. Simultaneously, different classes of reactive oxygen species are formed, resulting in enhanced oxidant stress and liver cell damage. Persistent liver damage results in sequential progression from inflammation to fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Currently, there is a great deal of basic and clinical research ongoing to interrogate core molecular pathways underlying fibrosis because early intervention is of paramount importance.

In this Special Issue of Livers, I cordially invite you to contribute, in the form of original research articles, reviews, or shorter perspective articles, on all aspects related to the theme of “Signaling Pathways in Liver Fibrosis Process”. Expert articles describing mechanistic, functional, cellular, biochemical, or general aspects of hepatic fibrosis are highly welcome. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cytokine signaling;
  • Chemokine function;
  • Models of hepatic fibrosis;
  • Immune-mediated aspects in hepatic fibrosis;
  • Extracellular matrix synthesis in hepatic fibrosis;
  • Inflammatory signals leading to liver fibrosis;
  • Alcohol-related alteration of hepatic homeostasis;
  • Viral-hepatitis-induced fibrogenesis;
  • miRNA in hepatic fibrogenesis;
  • Contribution of microbiota in hepatic fibrosis;
  • Bioimaging of hepatic fibrosis;
  • Aspects of translational medicine in therapy of hepatic fibrosis.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Weiskirchen
Guest Editor

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  • liver disease
  • signaling
  • pathogenesis
  • cytokine
  • chemokine
  • extracellular matrix
  • oxidative stress
  • unfolded protein response
  • hepatic stellate cells
  • myofibroblasts

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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