Objective: To study whether CO-Q10 can protect liver injury caused by acute on chronic liver failure (ACLF) by autophagy.
Methods: Rats were separated into three groups: control group, acute on chronic liver failure (ACLF) and intervenient group, liver tissues were observed by optical microscopy and electron microscopy. The levels of Beclin-1 expression were determined by real-time PCR. And Western Blot.
Results: Areas of necrosis detected in intervenient group were alleviated than in ACLF significantly. Most mitochondrias had been degradated in ACLF group while alive in intervenient group. Real-time PCR and Western Blot revealed level of beclin-1 in ACLF was lower than control and intervenient group.
Conclusion: Intervenient group may ameliorate rat liver injury by promoting autophagy.