New hope for patients with cirrhosis
Scientists have found that a new drug to treat cancer may enrich cirrhosis patients without the need for transplantation.
The liver has the ability to repair itself, but people who have been affected by injuries, alcoholism and drug overdoses lose the ability to do so.
The researchers believe they may be able to restore that ability to the liver, through drugs developed as a cancer treatment.
A team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the Bateson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow, Scotland, found that the exposure of the liver to such injury leads to the process of "aging", where the cells stop working.
They explained that they discovered a chemical signal responsible for such a defect, and have succeeded in their experiments on mice in blocking the signal through the anti-cancer drug, according to the newspaper "Sun" British.
The researchers said work on these drugs is still in its infancy, but it could make a big difference to patients with cirrhosis, if other tests succeed, to verify its effectiveness more.