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Liver regeneration: a spotlight on the novel role of platelets and serotonin


Clavien, P A (2008). Liver regeneration: a spotlight on the novel role of platelets and serotonin. Swiss Medical Weekly, 138(25-26):361-370.

Abstract

The development of novel approaches in liver surgery in the last decade has saved the lives of a large number of patients via resection of liver tumours previously thought to be non-resectable. Concurrently, living donor liver transplantation has emerged as one of the ways of lowering mortality on the waiting lists. These breakthroughs demanded a rigorous understanding of the mechanisms of liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy. Based on our previous studies on blood platelets and cold ischaemic injury, platelets and serotonin have attracted attention due to their theoretical potential contribution to liver regeneration. Both platelets and serotonin have been proven to be crucially involved in liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy. This review article provides an overview on the process of liver regeneration, with emphasis on its molecular basis and the coordinate contribution of several cells to restoring the organ's original volume and function. The role of platelets and serotonin is highlighted as novel contributors in this process.

Abstract

The development of novel approaches in liver surgery in the last decade has saved the lives of a large number of patients via resection of liver tumours previously thought to be non-resectable. Concurrently, living donor liver transplantation has emerged as one of the ways of lowering mortality on the waiting lists. These breakthroughs demanded a rigorous understanding of the mechanisms of liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy. Based on our previous studies on blood platelets and cold ischaemic injury, platelets and serotonin have attracted attention due to their theoretical potential contribution to liver regeneration. Both platelets and serotonin have been proven to be crucially involved in liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy. This review article provides an overview on the process of liver regeneration, with emphasis on its molecular basis and the coordinate contribution of several cells to restoring the organ's original volume and function. The role of platelets and serotonin is highlighted as novel contributors in this process.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Visceral and Transplantation Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:11 Dec 2008 15:35
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:42
Publisher:EMH Swiss Medical Publishers
ISSN:0036-7672
Additional Information:Free full text article
Official URL:http://www.smw.ch/docs/pdf200x/2008/25/smw-12231.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.smw.ch/dfe/set_archiv.asp (Publisher)
PubMed ID:18587687

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