Expression of tissue factor pathways inhibitor-2 in murine and human liver regulation during inflammation

T Hisaka, B Lardeux, T Lamireau, T Wuestefeld, Patricia Lalor, V Neaud, P Maurel, A Desmoulière, W Kisiel, C Trautwein, J Rosenbaum

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Tissue factor pathway inhibitor-2 (TFPI-2) is a recently described serine proteinase inhibitor. Human and murine TFPI-2 share about 50% homology. The aim of this study was to investigate the cellular localization of human and murine TFPI-2 in the liver and the regulation of their expression during acute inflammation. Northern blot, in situ hybridization and studies on isolated hepatocytes demonstrated a high-level expression of TFPI-2 in murine hepatocytes. On the other hand, very little TFPI-2 mRNA expression could be detected in human liver. Studies with isolated human liver cells suggested that TFPI-2 expression in human liver was mainly observed in liver sinusoidal endothelial cells rather than hepatocytes. Liver murine TFPI-2 expression was greatly increased after lipopolysaccharide administration with a delayed kinetics as compared to alpha1-acid glycoprotein, a classical acute-phase reactant. Accordingly, studies with isolated cells showed that the increase in TFPI-2 transcripts occurred in non-hepatocytic cells. Moreover, the LPS response was abolished in mice with a hepatocyte-specific KO for the gp130 receptor, thus indicating that a mediator from hepatocytes is involved in the up-regulation of TFPI-2 in non-parenchymal cells. In conclusion, murine TFPI-2 is highly expressed in hepatocytes in the normal murine liver and is upregulated in non-parenchymal cells in the context of inflammation. The large difference in the level of liver expression of human and murine TFPI-2 suggests that despite significant sequence similarities, these proteins presumably have different functions in the two species.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-575
Number of pages7
JournalThrombosis and Haemostasis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

Bibliographical note

Erratum in Thromb Haemost. 2004 Jun;91(6):1253.


  • Extracellular matrix
  • inflammatory mediators
  • proteases/ inhibitors
  • tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI)


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