Indexed on: 23 Aug '06Published on: 23 Aug '06Published in: Microsurgery
In the development of microsurgical mouse models of hepatic regeneration and repair, lobe-specific regenerative responses were observed. We therefore determined the hepatic regenerative capacity of individual mouse liver lobes. In mice, 26, 60, 75, and 83% of total liver mass was resected. Bromo-deoxyuridine (BrdU) was injected prior to liver harvest and the BrdU labeling index determined in all remaining individual liver lobes. BrdU-positive nuclei were seen in all liver lobes after the 26 and 60% resection, but significantly fewer were detected in the caudate lobe. In the 75% group, equally distributed positive nuclei were found. However, BrdU labeling was scant in the 83% group. In microsurgical mouse liver-regeneration models, the average hepatic response depends on amount of liver tissue resected and on the remaining liver lobe. BrdU incorporation can vary significantly among individual lobes. The lobe-specific differences observed may prove valuable in further investigations of hepatic regeneration and repair.