Sci. STKE, 19 September 2006
Physiology Caveolin and Liver Regeneration
Stella M. Hurtley
Science, AAAS, Washington, DC 20005, USA
Caveolin is a key component of caveolae, cell surface invaginations involved in the internalization of a variety of signaling molecules and the uptake of certain viruses. Surprisingly enough, when caveolin knockout mice were generated a few years ago, they appeared to be healthy. Fernández et al. have now examined these mice in more detail and discovered a phenotype in these animalsa profound defect in liver regeneration leading to reduced survival after partial hepatectomy. Problems uncovered included changes in lipid metabolism and cell cycle progression. Treating mutant mice with glucose could circumvent the defect and improve survival after liver damage
M. A. Fernández, C. Albor, M. Ingelmo-Torres, S. J. Nixon, C. Ferguson, T. Kurzchalia, F. Tebar, C. Enrich, R. G. Parton, A. Pol, Caveolin-1 is essential for liver regeneration. Science 313, 1628-1632 (2006). [Abstract] [Full Text]
Citation: S. M. Hurtley, Caveolin and Liver Regeneration. Sci. STKE 2006, tw321 (2006).
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