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Recovery of hepatic asialoglycoprotein receptors after major hepatic resection.

Although morphological restoration of the hepatic mass after partial hepatectomy has been well studied, fewer reports have appeared on the change of functional hepatic capacity during liver regeneration. Asialoglycoprotein receptor ( ASGP-R) is a hepatic cell surface receptor specific for galactose-terminated glycoprotein. Kinetic modeling of 99mTc-labeled diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid-galactosyl-human serum albumin (TcGSA) time-activity data yields estimates of ASGP-R concentration [R]o and amount R0, which are directly related to functional liver mass. We have investigated the changes in ASGP-R status as well as liver volume in regenerating human liver after major hepatic resection. METHODS: Twenty-two patients (18 noncirrhotic, 4 cirrhotic) had a TcGSA study before and 3 wk after major hepatic resection, with a mean hepatic parenchymal resection rate of 36.0%. RESULTS: [R]0 was significantly decreased from 0.683+/-0.024 micromol/L to 0.565+/-0.032 micromol/L (P < 0.001) after resection. The decrease in [R]0 was more prominent in cirrhotic patients. Recovery of ASGP-R was observed as a significantly increased R0 3 wk after the operation. Subsequent (long-term) restoration of ASGP-R appeared to be slower when compared with the volume restoration. CONCLUSION: ASGP-R concentration of the liver significantly decreased after major hepatic resection. Subsequent recovery of ASGP-R amount was shown by TcGSA study. By estimating hepatic functional reserve expressed by ASGP-R amount and concentration, one may detect a delayed or impaired liver regeneration with higher sensitivity.[1]

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  1. Recovery of hepatic asialoglycoprotein receptors after major hepatic resection. Kokudo, N., Vera, D.R., Koizumi, M., Seki, M., Sato, T., Stadalnik, R.C., Takahashi, T. J. Nucl. Med. (1999) [Pubmed]
 
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