The distribution of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)-synthesizing cells in rat liver during development of glutathione S-transferase P form (GST-P)-positive nodules after diethylnitrosamine initiation followed by promotion with 2-acetylaminofluorene plus partial hepatectomy (PH) was investigated using in situ hybridization. HGF-producing cells were non-parenchymal in nature, and were suspected to be mainly of Kupffer type. They were mostly located outside GST-P-positive lesions, in the surrounding parenchyma. In the oval cell proliferation phase 1 week after PH, they increased and they were mainly localized around the portal triads. It is concluded that HGF is directly involved in an endogenous paracrine growth pathway controlling proliferation in oval cells and in normal, but not GST-P-positive, hepatocytes.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Cancer Research|
|Publication status||Published - 07-1997|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research