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Mitochondrion. 2004 Sep;4(5-6):609-20.

Mitochondrial dysfunction in liver disease and organ transplantation.

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Department of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine, Hepatology, and Liver Transplant Service, San Diego, CA 92103, USA.

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  • Mitochondrion. 2006;6(2):104. Frederick, Todd [added].


The mitochondria play a crucial role in maintaining hepatocyte integrity and functions. Mitochondrial defects are either inherited or acquired. Mitochondria dysfunction occurs when the hepatocyte experience excessive physiologic stress. Its clinical presentation depends on the severity of the stress. It varies from mild abnormalities in liver biochemical tests to manifestations of acute or chronic liver failure. Mitochondria dysfunction is implicated in most liver disease and in early graft dysfunction after liver transplantation. This review will address the role of mitochondria in liver disease.


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