Histopathology of cholestasis

K.U. Leuven, University Hospital Sint Rafaël, Laboratory of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, Belgium.
Verhandlungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Pathologie 02/1995; 79:233-40.
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Cholestasis may be extrahepatic or intrahepatic in origin. The block in bile secretion may be complete or incomplete to variable extent. Complete cholestasis occurs in case of primary parenchymal disease (intrahepatic cholestasis) or total obstruction of extrahepatic bile ducts (extrahepatic cholestasis). Incomplete block in bile secretion is due to incomplete obstruction of intra- or extrahepatic bile ducts (intra- or extrahepatic cholestasis or both). Histologically, it is useful to distinguish between bilirubionstasis and cholate-stasis. Complete secretory block causes as early changers: bilirubinostasis (in hepatocytes, canaliculi and Kupffer cells) in acinar zone 3, and "ductular reaction" in acinar zone 1. The latter refers to an increase in periportal ductular profiles, associated with neutrophil infiltration. With longer duration of cholestasis, further lesions ensue: feathery degeneration of hepatocytes due to retention of detergent bile acids, cholestatic liver cell rosettes representing a shift from hepatocellular to biliary differentiation, xanthomatous cells reflecting hyperlipidemia, cholate stasis in acinar zone 1 due to overload of membrane-damaging bile acids, eventually paraportal bile infarcts, and progressive ductular reaction. The latter may be due to multiplication of pre-existing ductules, to metaplasia of periportal hepatocytes, or to activation of progenitor cells. It is invariably associated with periductular fibrosis: the pacemaker for increasing matrix deposition, resulting in biliary fibrosis and eventually in true biliary cirrhosis. Incomplete cholestasis (e.g. PBC, PSC) is characterized by absence of bilirubinostasis during long periods of time, whereas the afore mentioned features of chronic cholestasis do appear. Hence follows that the most reliable markers of chronic incomplete cholestasis are cholate stasis, cholestatic rosettes and ductular reaction. Bilirubinostasis is only a late and often ominous sign.

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    ABSTRACT: Sandwich-cultured hepatocytes (SCH) are used commonly to investigate hepatic transport protein-mediated uptake and biliary excretion of substrates. However, little is known about the disposition of endogenous bile acids (BAs) in SCH. In this study, four endogenous conjugated BAs common to rats and humans [taurocholic acid (TCA), glycocholic acid (GCA), taurochenodeoxycholic acid (TCDCA), and glycochenodeoxycholic acid (GCDCA)], as well as two BA species specific to rodents (α- and β-tauromuricholic acid; α/β TMCA), were profiled in primary rat and human SCH. Using B-CLEAR® technology, BAs were measured in cells+bile canaliculi, cells, and medium of SCH by LC-MS/MS. Results indicated that, just as in vivo, taurine-conjugated BA species were predominant in rat SCH, while glycine-conjugated BAs were predominant in human SCH. Total intracellular BAs remained relatively constant over days in culture in rat SCH. Total BAs in control (CTL) cells+bile, cells, and medium were approximately 3.4, 2.9, and 8.3-fold greater in human than in rat. The estimated intracellular concentrations of the measured total BAs were 64.3±5.9 μM in CTL rat and 183±56 μM in CTL human SCH, while medium concentrations of the total BAs measured were 1.16±0.21 μM in CTL rat SCH and 9.61±6.36 μM in CTL human SCH. Treatment of cells for 24h with 10 μM troglitazone (TRO), an inhibitor of the bile salt export pump (BSEP) and the Na⁺-taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide (NTCP), had no significant effect on endogenous BAs measured at the end of the 24-h culture period, potentially due to compensatory mechanisms that maintain BA homeostasis. These data demonstrate that BAs in SCH are similar to in vivo, and that SCH may be a useful in vitro model to study alterations in BA disposition if species differences are taken into account.
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    • "The stimulation for bile duct cell proliferation may be regarded as intraluminal or interstitial. Intraluminal stimulation is present during chronic biliary tract obstruction in humans and after ligation of the common bile duct in experimental animals [21,22]. Interstitial stimulation is that associated with non-obstructive liver fibrosis. "
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