Understanding and reversing fibrosis


Event details

Date 26.01.2023
Hour 14:1515:15
Speaker Prof. Uri Alon
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

Fibrosis is a pathology of excess scarring that occurs across medicine. To understand inflammation and fibrosis, we developed a minimal mathematical model. The model predicts two new kinds of fibrosis, and a key interaction that drives the process. Inhibiting this interaction, an autocrine loop in which scar-forming fibroblasts support their own growth, is predicted to reverse fibrosis. Indeed, inhibiting the autocrine loop reverses fibrosis in mice models of heart attack and liver cirrhosis. 


1. Adler, M. et al. Principles of Cell Circuits for Tissue Repair and Fibrosis. Iscience 23, 100841 (2020). 
2. Miyara, S. et al. Circuit to target approach defines an autocrine myofibroblast loop that drives cardiac fibrosis.BioRxiv, (2023) doi:10.1101/2023.01.01.522422. 
3. Wang, S. et al. An autocrine signaling circuit in hepatic stellate cells underlies advanced fibrosis in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Sci Transl Med 15, eadd3949 (2023). 

Practical information

  • Informed public
  • Free
  • This event is internal


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