RASAL1 is a potent regulator of hepatic stellate cell activity and liver fibrosis

Akemi Takata, Motoyuki Otsuka, Takahiro Kishikawa, Mari Yamagami, Rei Ishibashi, Kazuma Sekiba, Tatsunori Suzuki, Motoko Ohno, Yui Yamashita, Takaya Abe, Ryota Masuzaki, Tsuneo Ikenoue, Kazuhiko Koike

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Liver fibrosis, leading to cirrhosis and liver failure, can occur after chronic liver injury. The transition of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) from quiescent cells into proliferative and fibrogenic cells is a central event in liver fibrosis. Here, we show that RAS protein activator like-1 (RASAL1), a RAS-GTPaseactivating protein, which switches off RAS activity, is significantly decreased during HSC activation, and that HSC activation can be antagonized by forced expression of the RASAL1 protein. We demonstrate that RASAL1 suppresses HSC proliferation by regulating the Ras-MAPK pathway, and that RASAL1 suppresses HSC fibrogenic activity by regulating the PKA-LKB1-AMPK-SRF pathway by interacting with angiotensin II receptor, type 1. We also show that RASAL1-deficient mice are more susceptible to liver fibrosis. These data demonstrate that deregulated RASAL1 expression levels and the affected downstream intracellular signaling are central mediators of perpetuated HSC activation and fibrogenesis in the liver.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64840-64852
Number of pages13
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • AGTR1
  • AMPK
  • MAPK
  • Pathology Section
  • SRF


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