B6 - Development and progression of NASH and metabolic liver inflammation: the role of TREM-2

B6_April 2014
SFB members of the Heeren lab. From left to right: Sandra Ehret (technical assistant), Prof. Dr. Jörg Heeren (group leader), Anna Worthmann (PhD student), Dr. Ludger Scheja (senior scientist) und Clara John (PhD student).

Principal Investigator:
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Joerg Heeren
Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Martinistr. 52
20246 Hamburg
Germany
Phone: +49-40-7410-54745
Fax: +49-40-7410-54592
E-Mail: heeren@uke.uni-hamburg.de

Project description
Obesity, Diabetes and hyperliproteinemia lead to an aberrant accumulation of lipids in the liver, which in turn can induce an inflammatory response, a prerequisite for the development of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). However, the molecular mechanisms as well as the role of environmental factors such as dietary lipids that are important for the development and progression of NASH, are unclear.

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B6_Lipidspeicherung in Zellen
Figure 1: Excessive lipid accumulation in liver cells (yellow dots) can induce inflammatory pathways.

In the first funding period, we showed the central role of specific lipid species as metabolic predictors for the development of NASH in murine models and obese humans. In addition, we identified TREM-2 – a modulator of toll-like receptor signalling pathways – as a good candidate that might influence the regulation of acute and chronic inflammation in the liver. The functional importance of these lipid signatures and the role of TREM-2 as modulator of toll-like receptor signaling for the development and progression of NASH as well as viral- and autoimmune hepatitis will be investigated in the next funding period.

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The authors Anna Worthmann and Jörg Heeren explain their publication in Nature Medicine:

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