Synthesis of proteoglycan 4 by chondrocyte subpopulations in cartilage explants, monolayer cultures, and resurfaced cartilage cultures

Schmidt, Tannin A, Schumacher, Barbara L., Klein, Travis J., Voegtline, Michael S., & Sah, Robert L. (2004) Synthesis of proteoglycan 4 by chondrocyte subpopulations in cartilage explants, monolayer cultures, and resurfaced cartilage cultures. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 50(9), 2849-2857 .

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Objective: To quantify the levels of proteoglycan 4 (PRG4) expression by subpopulations of chondrocytes from superficial, middle, and deep layers of normal bovine calf cartilage in various culture systems.

Methods: Bovine calf articular cartilage discs or isolated cells were used in I of 3 systems of chondrocyte culture: explant, monolayer, or transplant, for 1-9 days. PRG4 expression was quantified by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay of spent medium and localized by immunohistochemistry at the articular surface and within chondrocytes in explants and cultured cells.

Results: Superficial chondrocytes secreted much more PRG4 than did middle and deep chondrocytes in all cultures. The pattern of PRG4 secretion into superficial culture medium varied with the duration of culture, decreasing with time in explant culture (from similar to25 mug/cm(2)/day on days 0-1 to similar to3 mug/cm(2)/day on days 5-9), while increasing in monolayer culture (from similar to1 pg/cell/day on days 0-1 to similar to7 pg/cell/day on days 7-9) and tending to increase in transplant culture (reaching similar to2 mug/cm(2)/day by days 7-9). In all of the culture systems, inclusion of ascorbic acid stimulated PRG4 secretion, and the source of PRG4 was immunolocalized to superficial cells.

Conclusion: The results described here indicate that the phenotype of PRG4 secretion by chondrocytes in culture is generally maintained, in that PRG4 is expressed to a much greater degree by chondrocytes from the superficial zone than by those from the middle and deep zones. The marked up-regulation of PRG4 synthesis by ascorbic acid may have implications for cartilage homeostasis and prevention of osteoarthritic disease. Transplanting specialized cells that secrete PRG4 to a surface may impart functional lubrication and be generally applicable to many tissues in the body.

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ID Code: 41597
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1002/art.20480
ISSN: 0004-3591
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY (060100) > Biochemistry and Cell Biology not elsewhere classified (060199)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2011 22:30
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 01:29

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