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Blocking of SMAD4 expression by shRNA effectively inhibits fibrogenesis of human hepatic stellate cells

(2015) Blocking of SMAD4 expression by shRNA effectively inhibits fibrogenesis of human hepatic stellate cells. Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench.


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shRNA on activated human LX-2 cell, in vitro. Background: Liver fibrosis is a critical consequence of chronic damage to the liver that can progress toward advanced diseases, liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Different SMAD proteins play as major mediators in the fibrogenesis activity of hepatic stellate cells through TGF-β pathways, but the extent of SMAD4 as a co-SMAD protein remained less clear. Patients and methods: vector expressing verified shRNA targeting human SMAD4 gene was transfected into LX-2 cells. The GFP expressing plasmid was transfected in the same manner as a control group while leptin treated cells were employed as positive controls. Subsequently, total RNA was extracted and real-time PCR was performed to measure the mRNA levels of SMAD4, COL-1A1, α-SMA, TGF-β and TIMP-1. Furthermore, trypan blue exclusion was performed to test the effect of plasmid transfection and SMAD4 shutting-down on cellular viability. Results: The results indicated that the expression of SMAD4was down-regulated following shRNA transfection intoLX- 2 cells (P<0.001). The gene expression analysis of fibrotic genes in LX-2 cells showed that SMAD4 blocking by shRNA significantly reduced the expression level of fibrotic genes when compared to control plasmids (P<0.001). Vector expressing SMAD4-shRNA induced no significant cytotoxic or proliferative effects on LX-2 cells as determined by viability assay (P<0.05). Conclusion: The results of this study suggested that knockdown of SMAD4 expression in stellate cell can control the progression of fibrogenesis through TGF-β pathway blocking.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: SMAD4, Liver fibrosis, shRNA, Hepatic stellate cell.
Subjects: hepatology
clinical biochemistry
molecular Genetics
Divisions: Research Vice-Chancellor Department > Infectious and Tropical Diseases Research Center
Research Vice-Chancellor Department > Molecular Medicine Research Center
Depositing User: مركز تحقيقات بيماريهاي عفوني

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