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World J Hepatol. Mar 18, 2017; 9(8): 443-454
Published online Mar 18, 2017. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v9.i8.443
Figure 6
Figure 6 Rate-limiting genes of cholesterol metabolism are down-regulated in alcoholic liver disease and up-regulated in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This schematic figure shows the log2-ratios of HMGCR, SQLE and CYP7A1 indicating down-regulation in ALD (green) and up-regulation in NAFLD (red). There was stronger down-regulation of CYP7A1 (log2-ratio = -0.95) than of the upstream cholesterol genes HMGCR (log2-ratio = -0.429) and SQLE (log2-ratio = -0.33) in ALD while in NAFLD, CYP7A1 (log2-ratio = 1.15) was weaker up-regulated than HMGCR (log2-ratio = 1.57) and SQLE (log2-ratio = 1.53). The size of the arrows points to a disequilibrium between cholesterol production and secretion into the bile via CYP7A1 in both diseases despite the opposite regulation in ALD and NAFLD. ALD: Alcoholic liver disease; NAFLD: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.