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Kupffer cells (KC) play an important role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory liver diseases leading to fibrosis. Anti-inflammatory drugs are only effective when administered at high doses that may cause side effects. Therefore, dexamethasone coupled to mannosylated albumin (Dexa(5)-Man(10)-HSA) was designed by us to selectively deliver this anti-inflammatory drug to the KC. The effectiveness of Dexa(5)-Man(10)-HSA was studied both in organ cultures and fibrosis induced by bile duct ligation (BDL) in rats. Dexa(5)-Man(10)-HSA accumulated in livers of both healthy and fibrotic rats (67% +/- 5% and 70% +/- 9% of the dose, respectively) and uptake was found almost exclusively in KC. Active dexamethasone was liberated from its carrier, because Dexa(5)-Man(10)-HSA could effectively inhibit nitric oxide (NO) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) release in endotoxin-activated liver slices. In vivo, however, this was associated with increased collagen I and III depositions and enhanced tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) mRNA expression. This was accompanied by a decreased influx of reactive oxygen species (ROS) producing cells in the livers of BDL animals treated with Dexa(5)-Man(10)-HSA as compared with untreated BDL rats. Dexa(5)-Man(10)-HSA treatment also replenished the depleted glycogen stores in hepatocytes of BDL livers. In conclusion, our studies showed selective delivery of dexamethasone to KC with Dexa(5)-Man(10)-HSA. This conjugate reduced intrahepatic ROS in vivo and TNF-alpha production in vitro and prevented glycogen depletion in vivo, indicating effective pharmacologic targeting. Dexa(5)-Man(10)-HSA, however, also accelerated fibrogenesis, which was paralleled by TIMP-1 mRNA induction. Targeting of dexamethasone to KC provides evidence for a dual role of this cell type in fibrogenesis of BDL rats.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)719-728
Aantal pagina's10
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusPublished - okt-2001

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