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Immune cell-mediated features of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis


Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) includes a range of hepatic manifestations, starting with liver steatosis and potentially evolving towards non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis or even hepatocellular carcinoma. NAFLD is a major health burden, and its incidence is increasing worldwide. Although it is primarily a disease of disturbed metabolism, NAFLD involves several immune cell-mediated inflammatory processes, particularly when reaching the stage of NASH, at which point inflammation becomes integral to the progression of the disease. The hepatic immune cell landscape is diverse at steady state and it further evolves during NASH with direct consequences for disease severity. In this Review, we discuss current concepts related to the role of immune cells in the onset and progression of NASH. A better understanding of the mechanisms by which immune cells contribute to NASH pathogenesis should aid the design of innovative drugs to target NASH, for which current therapeutic options are limited.


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hal-03419159 , version 1 (08-11-2021)



Thierry Huby, Emmanuel Gautier. Immune cell-mediated features of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Nature Reviews Immunology, 2021, ⟨10.1038/s41577-021-00639-3⟩. ⟨hal-03419159⟩
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