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Suppression of concanavalin A-induced hepatitis in IFN-gamma(-/-) mice, but not in TNF-alpha(-/-) mice: role for IFN-gamma in activating apoptosis of hepatocytes.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9233639

Con A-induced hepatitis (Con A-hepatitis) is a hepatitis model in which hepatic injury is supposed to be caused by cytokines from activated T cells. To elucidate the pathogenesis of this disease, we analyzed the roles of IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha using deficient mice of these cytokines. Development of hepatitis was reduced significantly in IFN-gamma(-/-) mice, while susceptibility of TNF-alpha(-/-) mice was not changed. Interestingly, apoptotic cell death was observed in the affected livers of control or TNF-alpha(-/-) mice, but not in those of IFN-gamma(-/-) mice. Fas mRNA expression was increased in the livers of hepatitis mice, but less abundantly in those of IFN-gamma(-/-) mice. Since apoptosis of liver cells was rarely observed in Con A-treated lpr/lpr mice, involvement of the Fas-Fas ligand system in this apoptotic process was suggested. These observations suggest that IFN-gamma plays a central role in Con A-hepatitis by activating Fas-induced apoptosis of liver cells.

Pubmed ID: 9233639 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Animals | Antigens, CD95 | Apoptosis | Chimera | Concanavalin A | Gene Expression Regulation | Genetic Engineering | Hepatitis, Animal | Immune Tolerance | Interferon-gamma | Liver | Male | Mice | Mice, Inbred C57BL | Mice, Knockout | Plant Lectins | Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha

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