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Hepatology. 2005 Jul;42(1):216-8.

Activation and function of hepatocyte NF-kappaB in postischemic liver injury.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, OH, USA.

Abstract

The inhibitor of NF-kappaB (I-kappaB) kinase (IKK) complex consists of 3 subunits, IKK1, IKK2, and NF-kappaB essential modulator (NEMO), and is involved in the activation of NF-kappaB by various stimuli. IKK2 or NEMO constitutive knockout mice die during embryogenesis as a result of massive hepatic apoptosis. Therefore, we examined the role of IKK2 in TNF-induced apoptosis and ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in the liver by using conditional knockout mice. Hepatocyte-specific ablation of IKK2 did not lead to impaired activation of NF-kappaB or increased apoptosis after TNF-alpha stimulation whereas conditional NEMO knockout resulted in complete block of NF-kappaB activation and massive hepatocyte apoptosis. In a model of partial hepatic I/R injury, mice lacking IKK2 in hepatocytes displayed significantly reduced liver necrosis and inflammation than wild-type mice. AS602868, a novel chemical inhibitor of IKK2, protected mice from liver injury due to I/R without sensitizing them toward TNF-induced apoptosis and could therefore emerge as a new pharmacological therapy for liver resection, hemorrhagic shock, or transplantation surgery.

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