Mechanisms of Hepatoprotection in a Murine Model of Bile Acid-Induced Intrahepatic Cholestasis
AuthorBeilke, Lisa D
AdvisorCherrington, Nathan J
Committee ChairCherrington, Nathan J
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThere are many causes of cholestasis, which results when the flow of bile acids is slowed or stopped. Bile acids are hydrophobic molecules synthesized from cholesterol in the liver, and when present in excess, are cytotoxic to cell membranes. Treatment options for cholestasis are limited, and if left untreated or inadequately treated, many patients will require a liver transplant; thus, underscoring the importance of successfully managing this disease. Activation of nuclear receptors in animal models has been shown to be hepatoprotective during bile acid-induced cholestasis; however, the mechanisms underlying the hepatoprotective effects are poorly understood. Therefore, the over-arching goal of this project is to glean an improved comprehension of the mechanisms of hepatoprotection during bile acid-induced cholestasis. All of the studies involve administration of CAR activators phenobarbital (PB), oltipraz (OPZ), 1,4-bis[2-(3,5-dichloropyridyloxy)]benzene [TCPOBOP (TC)] or corn oil (CO) to C57BL/6 wild type (WT), or WT and CAR knockout (CAR-/-) mice prior to induction of intrahepatic cholestasis using the secondary bile acid lithocholic acid (LCA). Efflux transport proteins such as Mrps 3 and 4 are known to be up-regulated during cholestasis, and this was the first topic of exploration. Unexpectedly, the expression of efflux transporters was not consistently up-regulated in protected mice. However, a decrease in total liver bile acid concentrations was observed. These changes in hepatic bile acids indicated that bile acid biosynthesis may be relevant to hepatoprotection. Indeed decreases in total and individual bile acids correlated with hepatoprotection, and Cyp8b1 expression was also increased which could be suggestive of a shift in the bile acid biosynthesis pathway towards the formation of less toxic bile acid species. CAR may also have a role in cell death via apoptosis by altering Bcl-2 protein expression. Although apoptosis was decreased in hepatoprotected mice, an increase in the expression of Mcl-1 and Bcl-xL was not observed, suggesting hepatoprotection is not a direct result of CAR-induced Mcl-1 expression. These findings add significantly to the body of knowledge surrounding cholestatic liver disease and suggest that studies aimed toward manipulation of nuclear receptors are worthy of further exploration.
Degree ProgramPharmacology & Toxicology