Although stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) plays an important role in hematopoiesis in the fetal liver, the role after birth remains to be clarified. We investigated the role of SDF-1 and its receptor, CXCR4, in 75 patients; this included controls and patients with viral hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and autoimmune hepatitis. Interestingly, SDF-1 appeared up-regulated in biliary epithelial cells (BEC) of inflammatory liver disease. Furthermore, in inflammatory liver diseases, SDF-1 was expressed by BEC of interlobular and septal bile ducts and by proliferated bile ductules. The message expression of SDF-1 in BEC was confirmed at a single-cell level by RT-PCR and laser capture microdissection. The plasma levels of SDF-1 were significantly higher in patients with liver diseases than in normal controls. Flow cytometric analysis of the surface expression of CXCR4 showed that most liver-infiltrating lymphocytes express CXCR4 and the intensity was up-regulated more significantly in liver-infiltrating lymphocytes than in peripheral blood lymphocytes. These results suggest that increased SDF-1 production by BEC may play an important role in the recruitment of CXCR4-positive inflammatory cells into the diseased livers. These data are significant because modulation of the SDF-1/CXCR4 interaction has therapeutic implications for inflammatory liver diseases.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - May 1 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine