Alcohol-induced injury has become one of the major causes for liver cirrhosis. However, the molecular mechanisms of ethanol-induced injury are not fully understood. To this end, we performed a dynamic plasma membrane proteomic research on rat model. A rat model from hepatitis to liver cirrhosis was developed. Plasma membrane from liver tissue with liver fibrosis stage of 2 and 4 (S2 and S4) was purified by sucrose density gradient centrifugation. Its purification was verified by western blotting. Proteins from plasma membrane were separated by two-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE) and differentially expressed proteins were identified by tandem mass spectrometry. 16 consistent differentially expressed proteins from S2 to S4 were identified by mass spectrometry. The expression of differentially expressed proteins annexin A6 and annexin A3 were verified by western blotting, and annexin A3 was futher verified by immunohistochemistry. Our research suggests a possible mechanism by which ethanol alters protein expression to enhance the liver fibrosis progression. These differentially expressed proteins might be new drug targets for treating alcoholic liver cirrhosis.
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