Author(s): Vinken M
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Abstract Because of their critical role as goalkeepers of hepatic homeostasis, gap junctions are frequent targets in liver disease. This concept has been demonstrated on many occasions in the light of hepatocarcinogenesis. Relatively little focus has been put on the fate of gap junctions in other liver pathologies, including hepatitis, liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, cholestasis and hepatic ischemia and reperfusion injury. The present paper provides an in-depth description of the multiple changes in expression, localization and function of connexins, the molecular constituents of gap junctions. The use of connexins as biomarkers and therapeutic targets in liver disease is also illustrated. Copyright © 2012 European Association for the Study of the Liver. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in J Hepatol
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Toxicology