Relative mRNAs of acute phase protein genes. Relative mRNA levels for α1-acid glycoprotein (α1AGP), haptoglobin, α2-macroglobulin (α2M), thiostatin and albumin in liver tissue, in sham-operated (S) (n = 10), in sham-operated injected with LPS (LPS) (n = 12), in cirrhotic (Ci) (n = 12) and in cirrhotic animals injected with LPS (Ci+LPS) (n = 9). Bars represent mean + SD, expressed as percentage of mean values of sham-operated animals. **,* Analysed by 2-way ANOVA: **Significantly increased (P < 0.001) by both factors i.e. LPS and cirrhosis. *Significantly increased only by LPS (P < 0.001). #Analysed by 1-way ANOVA: #Significant difference (P < 0.05) compared with sham-operated.