Connective tissue growth factor level is increased in patients with liver cirrhosis but is not associated with complications or extent of liver injury

Bauer, Sabrina; Eisinger, Kristina; Wiest, Reiner; Karrasch, Thomas; Scherer, Marcus N; Farkas, Stefan; Aslanidis, Charalampos; Buechler, Christa (2012). Connective tissue growth factor level is increased in patients with liver cirrhosis but is not associated with complications or extent of liver injury. Regulatory peptides, 179(1-3), pp. 10-4. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.regpep.2012.08.007

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Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a profibrotic protein whose systemic levels are increased in liver cirrhosis. Here, association of CTGF with stages of liver injury and complications of cirrhotic liver disease has been analyzed in patients with different aetiologies of hepatic injury. CTGF is significantly increased in portal venous serum (PVS), hepatic venous serum (HVS) and systemic venous serum (SVS) of 46 patients with liver cirrhosis compared to eight liver-healthy controls. In patients´ blood samples CTGF in HVS is about 6% higher than PVS levels indicating that CTGF produced in the liver is released to the circulation. CTGF is not associated with stages of liver cirrhosis defined by CHILD-PUGH or MELD score nor with secondary complications of portal hypertension (varices, ascites, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis). Transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) induces CTGF synthesis in hepatocytes and a positive association of systemic TGFβ1 and SVS and HVS CTGF is found. Three months after placing transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) hepatic venous pressure gradient is reduced whereas CHILD-PUGH score, TGFβ1 and CTGF are not altered in serum of 15 patients. Current data show that the cirrhotic liver releases little CTGF but SVS, HVS and PVS CTGF levels are not associated with residual liver function and complications of cirrhosis.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine > Gastroenterology

UniBE Contributor:

Wiest, Reiner

ISSN:

0167-0115

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:40

Last Modified:

17 Mar 2015 21:34

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.regpep.2012.08.007

PubMed ID:

22960408

Web of Science ID:

000311186000003

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/16162 (FactScience: 223750)

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