Mapping early serum proteome signatures of liver regeneration in living donor liver transplant cases
Lorena Carmona-Rodríguez 1 , Aaron S Gajadhar 2 , Irene Blázquez-García 1 , Laura Guerrero 1 , Manuel A Fernández-Rojo 3 4 , Iker Uriarte 5 6 7 , Maricruz Mamani-Huanca 8 , Ángeles López-Gonzálvez 8 , Sergio Ciordia 1 , Antonio Ramos 9 , José Ignacio Herrero 6 7 10 , Maite G Fernández-Barrena 5 6 7 , María Arechederra 5 6 7 , Carmen Berasain 5 6 7 , Jorge Quiroga 6 7 10 , Bruno Sangro 6 7 10 , Josepmaría Argemi 6 7 10 , Fernando Pardo 6 7 10 , Fernando Rotellar 6 7 10 , Daniel López 2 , Coral Barbas 8 , Matías A Ávila 5 6 7 , Fernando J Corrales 1
The liver is the only solid organ capable of regenerating itself to regain 100% of its mass and function after liver injury and/or partial hepatectomy (PH). This exceptional property represents a therapeutic opportunity for severe liver disease patients.
However, liver regeneration (LR) might fail due to poorly understood causes. Here, we have investigated the regulation of liver proteome and phosphoproteome at a short time after PH (9 h), to depict a detailed mechanistic background of the early LR phase.
Furthermore, we analyzed the dynamic changes of the serum proteome and metabolome of healthy living donor liver transplant (LDLT) donors at different time points after surgery. The molecular profiles from both analyses were then correlated. Insulin and FXR-FGF15/19 signaling were stimulated in mouse liver after PH, leading to the activation of the main intermediary kinases (AKT and ERK).
Besides, inhibition of the hippo pathway led to an increased expression of its target genes and of one of its intermediary proteins (14-3-3 protein), contributing to cell proliferation. In association with these processes, metabolic reprogramming coupled to enhanced mitochondrial activity cope for the energy and biosynthetic requirements of LR. In human serum of LDLT donors, we identified 56 proteins and 13 metabolites statistically differential which recapitulate some of the main cellular processes orchestrating LR in its early phase.
These results provide mechanisms and protein mediators of LR that might prove useful for the follow-up of the regenerative process in the liver after PH as well as preventing the occurrence of complications associated with liver resection.
CITATION Biofactors. 2023 May 12. doi: 10.1002/biof.1954