Int J Med Sci 2021; 18(15):3361-3366. doi:10.7150/ijms.62903 This issue


Ferroptosis and Liver Fibrosis

Qi Pan*, Yi Luo*, Qiang Xia, Kang He

Department of Liver Surgery, Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
*Qi Pan and Yi Luo contributes equally to this article.

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Pan Q, Luo Y, Xia Q, He K. Ferroptosis and Liver Fibrosis. Int J Med Sci 2021; 18(15):3361-3366. doi:10.7150/ijms.62903. Available from

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Ferroptosis is an iron-dependent form of regulated cell death, which is characterized by a large amount of lipid peroxide accumulation and the imbalance of redox state in cells. Ferroptosis is usually accompanied with the dysfunction of lipid repair enzyme (glutathione peroxidase 4, GPX4), large masses of iron accumulation and lipid peroxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Ferroptosis is related to several signaling pathways, including amino acid and iron metabolism, ferritinophagy, cell adhesion and p53 and Keap1/Nrf2 signaling pathways. A number of studies have indicated that ferroptosis is closely associated with acute renal failure, tumor, ischemia and reperfusion injury, neurodegenerative diseases and liver fibrosis. Liver fibrosis, which has long been a global health problem, still lacks effective treatment till now, and the discovery of ferroptosis provides a new insight into addressing this issue.

Keywords: ferroptosis, liver fibrosis, hepatic stellate cells