Hedgehog signaling maintains resident hepatic progenitors throughout life

Jason K. Sicklick, Yin Xiong Li, Alaa Melhem, Eva Schmelzer, Marzena Zdanowicz, Jiawen Huang, Montserrat Caballero, Jeffrey Fair, John W. Ludlow, Randall E. McClelland, Lola M. Reid, Anna Mae Diehl

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Abstract

Hedgehog signaling through its receptor, Patched, activates transcription of genes, including Patched, that regulate the fate of various progenitors. Although Hedgehog signaling is required for endodermal commitment and hepatogenesis, the possibility that it regulates liver turnover in adults had not been considered because mature liver epithelial cells lack Hedgehog signaling. Herein, we show that this pathway is essential throughout life for maintaining hepatic progenitors. Patched-expressing cells have been identified among endodermally lineage-restricted, murine embryonic stem cells as well as in livers of fetal and adult Ptc-lacZ mice. An adult-derived, murine hepatic progenitor cell line expresses Patched, and Hedgehog-responsive cells exist in stem cell compartments of fetal and adult human livers. In both species, manipulation of Hedgehog activity influences hepatic progenitor cell survival. Therefore, Hedgehog signaling is conserved in hepatic progenitors from fetal development through adulthood and may be a new therapeutic target in patients with liver damage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Volume290
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Embryonic Stem Cells
Fetal Development
Cell Survival
Epithelial Cells
Cell Line
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Keywords

  • Indian hedgehog
  • Liver
  • Patched
  • Progenitor cell
  • Sonic hedgehog

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  • Gastroenterology
  • Physiology

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Hedgehog signaling maintains resident hepatic progenitors throughout life. / Sicklick, Jason K.; Li, Yin Xiong; Melhem, Alaa; Schmelzer, Eva; Zdanowicz, Marzena; Huang, Jiawen; Caballero, Montserrat; Fair, Jeffrey; Ludlow, John W.; McClelland, Randall E.; Reid, Lola M.; Diehl, Anna Mae.

In: American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, Vol. 290, No. 5, 05.2006.

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Sicklick, JK, Li, YX, Melhem, A, Schmelzer, E, Zdanowicz, M, Huang, J, Caballero, M, Fair, J, Ludlow, JW, McClelland, RE, Reid, LM & Diehl, AM 2006, 'Hedgehog signaling maintains resident hepatic progenitors throughout life', American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, vol. 290, no. 5. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpgi.00456.2005
Sicklick, Jason K. ; Li, Yin Xiong ; Melhem, Alaa ; Schmelzer, Eva ; Zdanowicz, Marzena ; Huang, Jiawen ; Caballero, Montserrat ; Fair, Jeffrey ; Ludlow, John W. ; McClelland, Randall E. ; Reid, Lola M. ; Diehl, Anna Mae. / Hedgehog signaling maintains resident hepatic progenitors throughout life. In: American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. 2006 ; Vol. 290, No. 5.
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