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PPAR Research
Volume 2012, Article ID 802384, 14 pages
Review Article

The Current Knowledge of the Role of PPAR in Hepatic Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

1Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Esther Koplowitz Center, Roselló 149–153, 3rd Floor, Office 3.8, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
2Departamento de Patologia e Medicina Legal, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Sao Paulo, 14049-900 Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
3Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Hepáticas y Digestivas, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

Received 22 December 2011; Accepted 16 March 2012

Academic Editor: Stefan Alexson

Copyright © 2012 M. Elias-Miró et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Strategies to improve the viability of steatotic livers could reduce the risk of dysfunction after surgery and increase the number of organs suitable for transplantation. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are major regulators of lipid metabolism and inflammation. In this paper, we review the PPAR signaling pathways and present some of their lesser-known functions in liver regeneration. Potential therapies based on PPAR regulation will be discussed. The data suggest that further investigations are required to elucidate whether PPAR could be a potential therapeutic target in liver surgery and to determine the most effective therapies that selectively regulate PPAR with minor side effects.