In vitro induction of the fat-storing phenotype in a liver connective tissue cell line-GRX

In Vitro Cell Dev Biol. 1990 Apr;26(4):361-8. doi: 10.1007/BF02623827.


Liver connective tissue cells have been characterized as perisinusoidal myofibroblasts and hepatic lipocytes (Ito cells, fat-storing cells). A concept of a single mesenchymal cell population that may be modulated between these two phenotypes has been postulated. We have previously established a continuous murine cell line, GRX, obtained from fibrotic granulomatous lesions induced by schistosomal infection in mouse liver. This cell line is considered to represent liver myofibroblasts. In the present study we have induced the conversion of these cells into lipocyte (fat storing) phenotype by treatment with insulin and indomethacin. We have quantified the lipid synthesis and the increase of activity of involved enzymes during the induction of the fat-storing phenotype and described modifications of cell organization along this modulation of cell functions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Connective Tissue / metabolism
  • Connective Tissue / physiology
  • Connective Tissue Cells*
  • Indomethacin / pharmacology
  • Insulin / pharmacology
  • Lipid Metabolism*
  • Liver / cytology*
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Liver / physiology
  • Mice
  • Phenotype


  • Insulin
  • Indomethacin