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Non-parenchymal TREM-2 protects the liver from immune-mediated hepatocellular damage

Mar 1, 2019 | Magazine: Gut

Maria J Perugorria, Aitor Esparza-Baquer, Fiona Oakley, Ibone Labiano, Ana Korosec, Alexander Jais, Jelena Mann, Dina Tiniakos, Alvaro Santos-Laso, Ander Arbelaiz, Riem Gawish, Ana Sampedro, Antonio Fontanellas, Elizabeth Hijona, Raul Jimenez-Agüero, Harald Esterbauer, Dagmar Stoiber, Luis Bujanda, Jesus María Banales, Sylvia Knapp, Omar Sharif, Derek A Mann


Objective: Liver injury impacts hepatic inflammation in part via Toll-like receptor (TLR) signalling. Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 (TREM-2) modulates TLR4-mediated inflammation in bone marrow (BM)-derived macrophages but its function in liver injury is unknown. Here we hypothesised that the anti-inflammatory effects of TREM-2 on TLR signalling may limit hepatic injury.

Design: TREM-2 expression was analysed in livers of humans with various forms of liver injury compared with control individuals. Acute and chronic liver injury models were performed in wild type and Trem-2-/- mice. Primary liver cells from both genotypes of mice were isolated for in vitro experiments.

Results: TREM-2 was expressed on non-parenchymal hepatic cells and induced during liver injury in mice and man. Mice lacking TREM-2 exhibited heightened liver damage and inflammation during acute and repetitive carbon tetrachloride and acetaminophen (APAP) intoxication, the latter of which TREM-2 deficiency was remarkably associated with worsened survival. Liver damage in Trem-2-/- mice following chronic injury and APAP challenge was associated with elevated hepatic lipid peroxidation and macrophage content.

BM transplantation experiments and cellular reactive oxygen species assays revealed effects of TREM-2 in the context of chronic injury depended on both immune and resident TREM-2 expression. Consistent with effects of TREM-2 on inflammation-associated injury, primary hepatic macrophages and hepatic stellate cells lacking TREM-2 exhibited augmented TLR4-driven proinflammatory responses.

Conclusion: Our data indicate that by acting as a natural brake on inflammation during hepatocellular injury, TREM-2 is a critical regulator of diverse types of hepatotoxic injury.

CITA DEL ARTÍCULO  Gut. 2019 Mar;68(3):533-546. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2017-314107. Epub 2018 Jan 27.

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Ana Sampedro Pascual
Laboratory technician Hepatology Research Program