Fibroblast growth factor 15 deficiency impairs liver regeneration in mice

Bo Kong, Jiansheng Huang, Yan Zhu, Guodong Li, Jessica Williams, Steven Shen, Lauren M. Aleksunes, Jason R. Richardson, Udayan Apte, David A. Rudnick, Grace L. Guo

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Fibroblast growth factor (FGF 15 (human homolog, FGF19 is an endocrine FGF highly expressed in the small intestine of mice. Emerging evidence suggests that FGF15 is critical for regulating hepatic functions; however, the role of FGF15 in liver regeneration is unclear. This study assessed whether liver regeneration is altered in FGF15 knockout (KO mice following 2/3 partial hepatectomy (PHx. The results showed that FGF15 KO mice had marked mortality, with the survival rate influenced by genetic background. Compared with wildtype mice, the KO mice displayed extensive liver necrosis and marked elevation of serum bile acids and bilirubin. Furthermore, hepatocyte proliferation was reduced in the KO mice because of impaired cell cycle progression. After PHx, the KO mice had weaker activation of signaling pathways that are important for liver regeneration, including signal transducer and activator of transcription 3, nuclear factor-κB, and mitogen-activated protein kinase. Examination of the KO mice at early time points after PHx revealed a reduced and/or delayed induction of immediate-early response genes, including growth-control transcription factors that are critical for liver regeneration. In conclusion, the results suggest that FGF15 deficiency severely impairs liver regeneration in mice after PHx. The underlying mechanism is likely the result of disrupted bile acid homeostasis and impaired priming of hepatocyte proliferation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)G893-G902
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2014


  • Bile acids
  • Farnesoid X receptor
  • Partial hepatectomy


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