DOI: 10.1101/470062Nov 14, 2018Paper

IL-11 neutralising therapies target hepatic stellate cell-induced liver inflammation and fibrosis in NASH

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
Anissa WidjajaStuart Cook


The transformation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) into myofibroblasts is the defining pathobiology in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Here we show that key NASH factors induce IL-11, which drives an autocrine and ERK-dependent activation loop to initiate and maintain HSC-to-myofibroblast transformation, causing liver fibrosis. IL-11 is upregulated in NASH and Il11ra1-deleted mice are strongly protected from liver fibrosis, inflammation and steatosis in murine NASH. Therapeutic inhibition of IL11RA or IL-11 with novel neutralizing antibodies robustly inhibits NASH pathology in preclinical models and reverses established liver fibrosis by promoting HSC senescence and favourable matrix remodelling. When given early in NASH, IL-11 inhibition prevents liver inflammation and steatosis, reverses severe hepatocyte damage and reduces hepatic immune cells and TGFβ1 levels. Our findings show an unappreciated and central role for IL-11 in HSCs and prioritise IL-11 signalling as a new therapeutic target in NASH while revealing an unexpected pro-inflammatory function for IL-11 in stromal immunity.

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