Manganese superoxide dismutase is reduced in the liver of male but not female humans and rodents with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease


Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is among the most common liver diseases. Oxidative stress is one of the pathogenic mechanisms contributing to the progression of simple fatty liver to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) is a mitochondrial antioxidative enzyme and here its expression in rodent and human NAFLD has been analyzed. MnSOD is found reduced in the liver of male mice fed a high fat diet and male ob/ob mice. Female mice fed an atherogenic diet to induce NASH have MnSOD protein levels comparable to controls. In a cohort of 30 controls, 41 patients with fatty liver and 39 NASH patients, MnSOD mRNA is significantly lower in the steatotic and NASH liver. When analyzed in both genders separately reduction of MnSOD expression is only found in males. Here, MnSOD mRNA negatively correlates with steatosis grade but not with extent of fibrosis or inflammation. MnSOD is, however, not reduced in primary human hepatocytes (PHH) treated with palmitate or oleate to increase cellular triglycerides. Lipopolysaccharide, TNF, IL-6, TGFβ and leptin which are all raised in NAFLD do not affect MnSOD in PHH. Adiponectin which attenuates oxidative stress partly by increasing MnSOD in macrophages does not induce MnSOD in PHH. In summary, current data show that hepatic MnSOD is reduced in male but not female humans and rodents with NAFLD.


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Exp. Mol. Pathol.
Exp. Mol. Pathol. 95(3): 330-5
22nd Oct 2013

Sabrina Krautbauer, Kristina Eisinger, Madeleine Lupke, Josef Wanninger, Petra Ruemmele, Yvonne Hader, Thomas S Weiss, Christa Buechler

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