Journal of Gastroenterology

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 56–60

Clinicopathological study of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) of hepatocytes in primary biliary cirrhosis

  • Minoru Shibata
  • Masashi Watanabe
  • Yukihisa Ueno
  • Takaaki Sadamoto
  • Genichiro Sato
  • Tatuo Yasushi
  • Tomoyuki Yamagami
  • Shirou Tuzimoto
  • Makoto Enomoto
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01229074

Cite this article as:
Shibata, M., Watanabe, M., Ueno, Y. et al. J Gastroenterol (1994) 29: 56. doi:10.1007/BF01229074

Abstract

The DNA synthesis activities of hepatocytes in primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and other chronic liver diseases and control subjects were examined by staining proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) with anti-PCNA monoclonal antibody. The number of PCNA-positive cells (PCNA value) was significantly higher in PBC (375±281 parts per thousand; ppt) than in other chronic liver diseases, i.e., chronic hepatitis (95±83 ppt), liver cirrhosis (72±71 ppt), and alcoholic liver disease (73±56 ppt), and in control subjects (11±14 ppt). The PCNA value of PBC in stages I-III of Scheuer's classification was remarkably high, while in stage IV it was low. Even in identical, Scheuer's stages, the PCNA value of PBC was higher in patients who were not given ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) than in those who received UDCA. In identical patients, the PCNA value was lowered significantly after UDCA treatment. It was concluded that the DNA synthesis activity of PBC in stages I-III was accelerated and that UDCA can alleviate the abnormality in DNA synthesis activity.

Key words

proliferating cell nuclear antigenprimary biliary cirrhosisursodeoxycholic acid

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Minoru Shibata
    • 1
  • Masashi Watanabe
    • 2
  • Yukihisa Ueno
    • 1
  • Takaaki Sadamoto
    • 1
  • Genichiro Sato
    • 1
  • Tatuo Yasushi
    • 3
  • Tomoyuki Yamagami
    • 4
  • Shirou Tuzimoto
    • 4
  • Makoto Enomoto
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineKawasaki Central HospitalKanagawaJapan
  2. 2.First Department of SurgeryToho University School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryKawasaki Central HospitalKanagawaJapan
  4. 4.Department of PathologyKawasaki Central HospitalKanagawaJapan
  5. 5.Department of PathologyBiosafety Research Center, Food, Drugs and PesticidesShizuokaJapan