The proinflammatory phenotype of PECAM-1-deficient mice results in atherogenic diet-induced steatohepatitis
ABSTRACT The severity of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is determined by environmental and genetic factors, the latter of which are incompletely characterized. Platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1) is a 130-kDa transmembrane glycoprotein expressed on blood and vascular cells. In the present study, we provide data for the novel finding that genetic deficiency of PECAM-1 potentiates the development and progression of NASH. We found that the rate of development and severity of diet-induced NASH are markedly enhanced in PECAM-1-deficient [knockout (KO)] mice relative to wild-type (WT) mice, as measured by histological and biochemical evaluation. Livers from KO mice exhibited typical histological features of NASH, including macrovesicular fat accumulation, hepatocyte injury with infiltration of inflammatory cells, fibrosis, and heightened oxidative stress. Alanine aminotransferase, a marker for liver injury, was also significantly higher in KO compared with WT mice. Consistent with a role for PECAM-1 as a suppressor of proinflammatory cytokines, plasma levels of inflammatory cytokines, including TNF-alpha and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), were also significantly higher in KO compared with WT mice. These findings are the first to show that the PECAM-1-deficient mouse develops progressive nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), supporting a role for PECAM-1 as a negative regulator of NAFLD progression. Future examination of recently identified PECAM-1 allelic isoforms in humans as potential risk factors for developing NASH may be warranted.
European Journal of Integrative Medicine 12/2010; 2(4):199-199. DOI:10.1016/j.eujim.2010.09.057 · 0.65 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The liver plays a major role in regulating metabolic homeostasis and is vital for nutrient metabolism. Identifying the genetic factors regulating these processes could lead to a greater understanding of how liver function responds to a high-fat diet and how that response may influence susceptibilities to obesity and metabolic syndrome. In this study we examine differences in hepatic gene expression between the LG/J and SM/J inbred mouse strains and how gene expression in these strains is affected by high-fat diet. LG/J and SM/J are known to differ in their responses to a high-fat diet for a variety of obesity- and diabetes-related traits, with the SM/J strain exhibiting a stronger phenotypic response to diet. Dietary intake had a significant effect on gene expression in both inbred lines. Genes up-regulated by a high-fat diet were involved in biological processes such as lipid and carbohydrate metabolism; protein and amino acid metabolic processes were down regulated on a high-fat diet. A total of 259 unique transcripts exhibited a significant diet-by-strain interaction. These genes tended to be associated with immune function. In addition, genes involved in biochemical processes related to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) manifested different responses to diet between the two strains. For most of these genes, SM/J had a stronger response to the high-fat diet than LG/J. These data show that dietary fat impacts gene expression levels in SM/J relative to LG/J, with SM/J exhibiting a stronger response. This supports previous data showing that SM/J has a stronger phenotypic response to high-fat diet. Based upon these findings, we suggest that SM/J and its cross with the LG/J strain provide a good model for examining non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and its role in metabolic syndrome.BMC Genomics 02/2014; 15(1):99. DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-15-99 · 4.04 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Organ shortage has led to the use of steatotic livers in transplantation, despite their elevated susceptibility to ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI). Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), an inducible gelatinase, is emerging as a central mediator of leukocyte traffic into inflamed tissues. However, its role in steatotic hepatic IRI has yet to be demonstrated. We examined the function of MMP-9 in mice fed with a high-fat diet (HFD), which developed approximately 50% hepatic steatosis, predominantly macrovesicular, prior to partial hepatic IRI. The inability of MMP-9-/- deficient steatotic mice to express MMP-9 significantly protected these mice from liver IRI. Compared to fatty controls, MMP-9-/- steatotic livers showed significantly reduced leukocyte infiltration, proinflammatory cytokine expression, and liver necrosis. Loss of MMP-9 activity preserved platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1) expression, a modulator of vascular integrity at the endothelial cell-cell junctions in steatotic livers after IRI. Using in vitro approaches, we show that targeted inhibition of MMP-9 sheltered the extracellular portion of PECAM-1 from proteolytic processing, and disrupted leukocyte migration across this junctional molecule. Moreover, the evaluation of distinct parameters of regeneration, proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and histone H3 phosphorylation (pH3), provided evidence that hepatocyte progression into S phase and mitosis was notably enhanced in MMP-9-/- steatotic livers after IRI. MMP-9 activity disrupts vascular integrity at least partially through a PECAM-1 dependent mechanism and interferes with regeneration of steatotic livers after IRI. Our novel findings establish MMP-9 as an important mediator of steatotic liver IRI.Journal of Hepatology 01/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.jhep.2013.12.022 · 9.86 Impact Factor