Effect of interferon gamma on intrahepatic haemodynamics of the cirrhotic rat liver.
HJ Grossman, D White, VL Grossman, PS Bhathal
J Gastroenterol Hepatol | Published : 1998
Sublethal injury of the liver with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induces the modulation of hepatic stellate cells to their myofibroblast (MFB) phenotype. Pretreatment or concomitant treatment with interferon gamma (IFNgamma) has been shown to inhibit this phenomenon. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of IFNgamma treatment (50000 IU s.c. each day for 5 days) in rats with an established cirrhosis. Cirrhosis was induced with nine doses of CCl4. Comparison of biopsies before and after treatment with IFNgamma showed that the number of MFB present, identified by their alpha-smooth muscle actin immunoreactivity, was markedly reduced. Pressure-flow curves were constructed in isola..View full abstract