Jun 17, 2006

The formation of extracellular matrix during chondrogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells correlates with increased levels of xylosyltransferase I

Stem Cells
Christian PranteChristian Götting


In vitro differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into chondrogenic cells and their transplantation is promising as a technique for the treatment of cartilaginous defects. But the regulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) formation remains elusive. Therefore, the objective of this study was to analyze the regulation of proteoglycan (PG) biosynthesis during the chondrogenic differentiation of MSCs. In different stages of chondrogenic differentiation, we analyzed mRNA and protein expression of key enzymes and PG core proteins involved in ECM development. For xylosyltransferase I (XT-I), we found maximum mRNA levels 48 hours after chondrogenic induction with a 5.04 +/- 0.58 (mean +/- SD)-fold increase. This result correlates with significantly elevated levels of enzymatic XT-I activity (0.49 +/- 0.03 muU/1 x 10(6) cells) at this time point. Immunohistochemical staining of XT-I revealed a predominant upregulation in early chondrogenic stages. The highly homologous protein XT-II showed 4.7-fold (SD 0.6) increased mRNA levels on day 7. To determine the differential expression of heparan sulfate (HS), chondroitin sulfate (CS), and dermatan sulfate (DS) chains, we analyzed the mRNA expression of EXTL2 (alpha-4-N-acetylhexosaminy...Continue Reading

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Enzymes, antithrombotic
XYLT2 gene
Extracellular Matrix
Mucopolysaccharidosis III
Bone Marrow Stromal Cells

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