Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a worldwide health burden. Metabolomics analysis has revealed HBV-induced metabolism dysregulation in liver tissues and hepatocytes. However, as an infectious disease, the tissue-specific landscape of metabolic profiles of HBV infection remains unclear. To fill this gap, we applied untargeted nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) metabolomic analysis of the heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney, pancreas, and intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileum) in HBV-transgenic mice and their wild-type littermates. Strikingly, we found systemic metabolic alterations induced by HBV in liver and extrahepatic organs. Significant changes in metabolites have been observed in most tissues of HBV-transgenic mice, except for ileum. The metabolic changes may provide novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of HBV infection. Moreover, tissue-specific metabolic profiles could speed up the study of HBV induced systemic metabolic reprogramming, which could help follow the progression of HBV infection and explain the underlying pathogenesis.
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