Critical role of factor XIII in the initial stages of carbon tetrachloride-induced adult liver remodeling

Ikuko Tsujimoto, Kei Moriya, Keiko Sakai, Gerhard Dickneite, Takao Sakai

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The transglutaminase-mediated, covalent cross-linking of proteins is an essential step in tissue remodeling after injury. This process provides tissues with extra rigidity and resistance against proteolytic degradation. Plasma coagulation factor XIII (FXIII) is a transglutaminase that promotes cross-linking of the extracellular matrix (ECM) components fibrin and fibronectin to form a provisional matrix in response to tissue damage. However, the functional requirement for this FXIII-mediated cross-linked provisional matrix in adult tissue remodeling remains to be defined. Although it has been proposed that the formation FXIII-mediated fibrin-fibronectin provisional matrix is a critical step for ECM remodeling, we show in an FXIII subunit Adeficient murine model of acute liver injury that the lack of FXIII subunit A did not interfere with collagen reconstruction and resolution after liver injury. Furthermore, FXIIIA deficiency caused significantly increased hepatocyte apoptosis and a delay in hepatocyte regeneration after injury, which were accompanied by a significantly high induction of p53 expression. These findings suggest novel functions of FXIII that the FXIII-mediated covalently cross-linked matrix could promote survival signals for hepatocytes in adult tissue remodeling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3011-3019
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 12-2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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