The stem cell factor (SCF), besides regulating hemopoietic stem cells homing and proliferation, has proliferative effects on hepatocytes and may be involved in liver regeneration. We investigate if liver transplantation (LT) and hepatic resection ( HR) modify the concentration of soluble SCF (s-SCF) in peripheral blood of 15 LT and 7 HR. s-SCF was measured by ELISA as ng/ml.s-SCF basal levels were higher in LT that in HR (818 +/- 349 vs. 479 +/- 79, p = 0.005). A significant increase of s-SCF, peaking at postoperative day +3, was seen after LT (from 818 +/- 349 to 1212 +/- 461, p = 0.01) and HR (from 479 +/- 79 to 698 +/- 122, p = 0.004). s-SCF peak levels were higher after LT than HR (p = 0.0008). At day +7 s-SCF concentration returned to baseline values. LT have a higher basal s-SCF level than HR. These data show for the first time that liver injury affects s-SCF level and suggest that SCF may be involved also in clinical liver regeneration.

Implication of stem cell factor in human liver regeneration after transplantation and resection

BACCARANI, Umberto;BELTRAMI, Antonio Paolo;BRESADOLA, Vittorio;RISALITI, Andrea;BRESADOLA, Fabrizio
2006-01-01

Abstract

The stem cell factor (SCF), besides regulating hemopoietic stem cells homing and proliferation, has proliferative effects on hepatocytes and may be involved in liver regeneration. We investigate if liver transplantation (LT) and hepatic resection ( HR) modify the concentration of soluble SCF (s-SCF) in peripheral blood of 15 LT and 7 HR. s-SCF was measured by ELISA as ng/ml.s-SCF basal levels were higher in LT that in HR (818 +/- 349 vs. 479 +/- 79, p = 0.005). A significant increase of s-SCF, peaking at postoperative day +3, was seen after LT (from 818 +/- 349 to 1212 +/- 461, p = 0.01) and HR (from 479 +/- 79 to 698 +/- 122, p = 0.004). s-SCF peak levels were higher after LT than HR (p = 0.0008). At day +7 s-SCF concentration returned to baseline values. LT have a higher basal s-SCF level than HR. These data show for the first time that liver injury affects s-SCF level and suggest that SCF may be involved also in clinical liver regeneration.
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