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Mediators Inflamm. 2006;2006(4):93253.

Effects of thalidomide on the expression of adhesion molecules in rat liver cirrhosis.

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  • 1Department of Gastroenterology, Renmin Hospital, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China.

Abstract

This study was to evaluate the effects of thalidomide on expression of adhesion molecules in liver cirrhosis. The cirrhosis was induced in Wistar rats by intraperitoneal injection of CCl(4), and thalidomide (10 mg/kg/day or 100 mg/kg/day) was given by intragastric administration for 8 weeks. Liver histopathology and immunohistochemistry were significantly improved and the expressions of ICAM-1, VCAM-1, E-selectin, and TNF-alpha mRNA and protein were decreased significantly in rats treated with a high dose of thalidomide. Close positive correlation was observed in the expression of the TNF-alpha mRNA and that of ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and E-selectin mRNA, respectively. These results indicate that thalidomide exerts its effect on the downregulation of adhesion molecules via TNF-alpha signaling pathway to inhibit liver fibrosis.

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PMCID:
PMC1618940
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