Ethanol-induced hepatic autophagy: Friend or foe?

Nabil Eid, Yuko Ito, Yoshinori Otsuki

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Excessive alcohol intake may induce hepatic apoptosis, steatosis, fibrosis, cirrhosis and even cancer. Ethanolinduced activation of general or selective autophagy as mitophagy or lipophagy in hepatocytes is generally considered a prosurvival mechanism. On the other side of the coin, upregulation of autophagy in non-hepatocytes as stellate cells may stimulate fibrogenesis and subsequently induce detrimental effects on the liver. The autophagic response of other non-hepatocytes as macrophages and endothelial cells is unknown yet and needs to be investigated as these cells play important roles in ethanol-induced hepatic steatosis and damage. Selective pharmacological stimulation of autophagy in hepatocytes may be of therapeutic importance in alcoholic liver disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1154-1156
Number of pages3
JournalWorld Journal of Hepatology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol
  • Autophagy
  • Hepatocytes
  • Lipophagy
  • Macrophages
  • Mitophagy
  • Stellate cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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