Reversing fibrosis to treat cirrhosis

Ed Uthman [creativecommons license] via Wikimedia Commons

New research may offer a way to reverse liver cirrhosis, the chronic scarring that impairs liver function and causes up to 800,000 deaths annually worldwide. Studies in mice focused on blocking a protein called ribosomal S-6 kinase (RSK), which is involved in scar formation as part of the body’s natural healing response.

Lab Anim. (NY) 37, 57 (2008).
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