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Integrin expression in stem cells from bone marrow and adipose tissue during chondrogenic differentiation

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The use of adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) in cartilage tissue engineering offers new perspectives in the generation of transplants for reconstructive surgery. The extracelular matrix (ECM) plays a key role in modulating the function and phenotype of the embedded cells and contains the integrins as adhesion receptors mediating cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. In our study, characteristic changes in integrin expression during the course of chondrogenic differentiation of MSC from bone marrow and adipose tissue were compared. MSC were isolated from bone marrow biopsies and adipose tissue. During cell culture, chondrogenic differentiation was performed. The expression of integrins and their signaling components were analysed with microarray and immunohistochemistry in freshly isolated MSC and after chondrogenic differentiation. The fibronectin receptor (integrin α5β1) was expressed by undifferentiated MSC, and expression rose during chondrogenic differentiation in both types of MSC. The components of the vitronectin/osteopontin receptors (αvβ5) were not expressed by freshly isolated MSC, and expression rose with ongoing differentiation. Receptors for the collagens (α1β1, α2β1, α3β1) were weakly expressed by undifferentiated MSC and were activated during differentiation. Intracellular signaling components integrin-linked kinase (ILK) and CD47 showed increased expression with ongoing differentiation. For all integrins, no significant differences were be found in the 2 types of MSC. Integrin-mediated signaling appeared to play an important role in the generation and maintenance of the chondrocytic phenotype during chondrogenic differentiation. Particularly, the receptors for fibronectin, vitronectin, osteopontin and the collagens may be involved in the generation of the ECM. Intracellularly, their signals might be transduced by ILK and CD47. To fully harness the potential of these cells, future studies should be directed to ascertain their cellular and molecular characteristics for optimal identification, isolation, and expansion.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital Mannheim, D-68135 Mannheim, Germany., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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  • The International Journal of Molecular Medicine is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of high quality studies related to the molecular mechanisms of human disease. The journal welcomes research on all aspects of molecular and clinical research, ranging from biochemistry to immunology, pathology, genetics, human genomics, microbiology, molecular pathogenesis, molecular cardiology, molecular surgery and molecular psychology.

    The International Journal of Molecular Medicine aims to provide an insight for researchers within the community in regard to developing molecular tools and identifying molecular targets for the diagnosis and treatment of a diverse number of human diseases.
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