Reparative inflammation takes charge of tissue regeneration

Michael Karin, Hans Clevers

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Inflammation underlies many chronic and degenerative diseases, but it also mitigates infections, clears damaged cells and initiates tissue repair. Many of the mechanisms that link inflammation to damage repair and regeneration in mammals are conserved in lower organisms, indicating that it is an evolutionarily important process. Recent insights have shed light on the cellular and molecular processes through which conventional inflammatory cytokines and Wnt factors control mammalian tissue repair and regeneration. This is particularly important for regeneration in the gastrointestinal system, especially for intestine and liver tissues in which aberrant and deregulated repair results in severe pathologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-15
Number of pages9
Issue number7586
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2016


  • Animals
  • Cytokines
  • Drosophila melanogaster
  • Humans
  • Inflammation
  • Microbiota
  • Regeneration
  • Signal Transduction
  • Therapeutics
  • Wound Healing


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