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Unaltered hepatic wound healing response in male rats with ancestral liver injury.

Beil, Johanna, Perner, Juliane, Pfaller, Lena, Gerard, Marie-Apolline, Piaia, Alessandro, Doelemeyer, Arno, Wasserkrug, Adi, Martin, Lori, Piequet, Aline, Dubost, Valerie, Moggs, Jonathan and Terranova, Remi (2023) Unaltered hepatic wound healing response in male rats with ancestral liver injury. Nature communications, 14 (1). p. 6353. ISSN 2041-1723


The possibility that ancestral environmental exposure could result in adaptive inherited effects in mammals has been long debated. Numerous rodent models of transgenerational responses to various environmental factors have been published but due to technical, operational and resource burden, most still await independent confirmation. A previous study reported multigenerational epigenetic adaptation of the hepatic wound healing response upon exposure to the hepatotoxicant carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) in male rats. Here, we comprehensively investigate the transgenerational effects by repeating the original CCl4 multigenerational study with increased power, pedigree tracing, F2 dose-response and suitable randomization schemes. Detailed pathology evaluations do not support adaptive phenotypic suppression of the hepatic wound healing response or a greater fitness of F2 animals with ancestral liver injury exposure. However, transcriptomic analyses identified genes whose expression correlates with ancestral liver injury, although the biological relevance of this apparent transgenerational transmission at the molecular level remains to be determined. This work overall highlights the need for independent evaluation of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance paradigms in mammals.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Animals Male Rats Carbon Tetrachloride DNA Methylation Epigenesis, Genetic Liver Wound Healing
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2023 00:45
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2023 00:46