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Comparative immunolocalisation of fibrillin-1 and perlecan in the human foetal, and HS-deficient hspg2 exon 3 null mutant mouse intervertebral disc

Hayes, Anthony James, Smith, Susan M. and Melrose, James 2013. Comparative immunolocalisation of fibrillin-1 and perlecan in the human foetal, and HS-deficient hspg2 exon 3 null mutant mouse intervertebral disc. Histochemistry and Cell Biology 139 (1) , pp. 1-11. 10.1007/s00418-012-1041-1

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the comparative localisations of fibrillin-1 and perlecan in the foetal human, wild-type C57BL/6 and HS-deficient hspg2Δ3−/Δ3− exon 3 null mouse intervertebral disc (IVD) using fluorescent laser scanning confocal microscopy. Fibrillin-1 fibrils were prominent components of the outer posterior and anterior annulus fibrosus (AF) of the foetal human IVD. Finer fibrillin-1 fibrils were evident in the inner AF where they displayed an arcade-type arrangement in the developing lamellae. Relatively short but distinct fibrillin-1 fibrils were evident in the central region of the IVD and presumptive cartilaginous endplate and defined the margins of the nuclear sheath in the developing nucleus pulposus (NP). Fibrillin-1 was also demonstrated in the AF of C57BL/6 wild-type mice but to a far lesser extent in the HS-deficient hspg2Δ3−/Δ3− exon 3 null mouse. This suggested that the HS chains of perlecan may have contributed to fibrillin-1 assembly or its deposition in the IVD. The cell–matrix interconnections provided by the fibrillin fibrils visualised in this study may facilitate communication between disc cells and their local biomechanical microenvironment in mechanosensory processes which regulate tissue homeostasis. The ability of fibrillin-1 to sequester TGF-β a well-known anabolic growth factor in the IVD also suggests potential roles in disc development and/or remodelling.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0948-6143
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:45
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/67532

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