Long-term profile of serological biomarkers, hepatic inflammation, and fibrosis in a mouse model of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.Toxicol Lett. 2020 Oct 10; 332:1-6.TL
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can be typically classified into two subgroups: non-alcoholic fatty liver and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Mouse models of NAFLD are useful tools for understanding the pathogenesis and progression of NAFLD and for developing drugs for its treatment. Here, we investigated the time-dependent changes in serum lipids and biochemical markers of hepatic function, hepatic inflammation, and fibrosis in mice fed a normal diet (ND) or a NAFLD diet (choline deficient, L-amino acid-defined, high-fat diet; CDAHFD) for 12 weeks. CDAHFD-fed mice showed significantly reduced serum levels of total cholesterol, triglyceride, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol throughout the treatment period compared with ND-fed mice. The changes in aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, lactate dehydrogenase, and total bilirubin showed an inverse U-shaped curve in the CDAHFD-fed mice. The serum alkaline phosphatase levels decreased in both ND- and CDAHFD-fed mice in a time-dependent manner. Furthermore, CDAHFD-fed mice showed a significant increase in the number of inflammatory foci and hepatic fibrosis at 6-12 weeks, although inflammatory foci and hepatic fibrogenesis were observable at relatively early stages as well (1-4 weeks). In conclusion, the long-term profile of serological biomarkers, hepatic inflammation, and fibrosis in CDAHFD-fed mice identified in this study may provide a better understanding of NAFLD pathogenesis.