IMR Press / FBE / Volume 5 / Issue 1 / DOI: 10.2741/E598

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The molecular pathogenesis of cholestasis in sepsis

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1 Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA, USA

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Academic Editor: Marcelo Gabriel Roma

Front. Biosci. (Elite Ed) 2013, 5(1), 87–96;
Published: 1 January 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Experimental and clinical cholestasis)

Sepsis-induced cholestasis is a complication of infection. Infections cause systemic and intrahepatic increase in proinflammatory cytokines which result in impaired bile flow ie. cholestasis. Several other mediators of impairment in bile flow have been identified under conditions of sepsis such as increased nitric oxide production and decreased aquaporin channels. The development of cholestasis may also further worsen inflammation. The molecular basis of normal bile flow and mechanisms of impairment in sepsis are discussed.

Bile acids
Tumor necrosis factor-α
Acute phase reaction
Bacterial translocation
Acute of chronic liver failure
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