CCI-4-induced Liver fibrosis

Effect of test article on CCl 4-induced liver fibrosis

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Liver fibrosis represents a classical outcome of many chronic liver diseases irrespectively of the etiology of injury. It results from successive rounds of chronic activation of the physiological wound-healing response that sustains persistent fibrogenesis and leads to progressive fibrosis of the organ through inflammation or reactive oxygen species mechanism.


The study is best suited to demonstrate efficacy in discovery-phase preclinical development strategies.

Purpose of the Study

The CCl 4 -induced model of liver fibrosis is a widely used and studied, reliable animal model of hepatic fibrosis. Repeated doses of CCl 4 lead to repeated rounds of wound-healing, causing hepatic stellate cells activation, imbalances between extracellular matrix production and degradation, and development of progressive hepatic fibrosis. The aim of this study will be to demonstrate the efficacy of test article during a prophylaxis or a therapeutic intervention.

Parameters Monitored

  • Plasmatic liver inflammation biomarkers (ALP, ALT, ASP, bilirubin)
  • Liver oxidative stress marker (MDA, lipid peroxidation)
  • Liver inflammation marker (TNF-alpha)
  • Histopathology of formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded liver section
    • H&E staining for morphology and steatosis
    • Masson’s trichrome for fibrosis
    • Sirius red for collagen content

Study Timeline

  • One week to finalize the protocol/formulation
  • In vivo disease development phase: 6 weeks
  • Terminal surgery and acquisition: 1 day of surgery per experimental group
  • Analysis of biomarkers parameters: 7 days
  • Morphometric and histopathological examination: 14 days following reception of the slides


Non-audited report 2 weeks following the last functional measurement.