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Lumican is a major proteoglycan component of the bone matrix.

MC3T3-E1 mouse calvaria cells are a clonal population of committed osteoprogenitors that in the presence of appropriate supplements form a mineralized bone matrix. The development of the MC3T3-E1 cells can be divided into three major stages, namely, proliferation, differentiation, and mineralization. Recently, using the cDNA microarray technology we found lumican to be abundantly expressed during the mineralization and differentiation stages of the MC3T3-E1 development and not during the proliferation stage. Lumican has been shown to play essential roles in regulating collagen fibril formation in different extracellular matrices but its expression in the developing bone matrix remains elusive. By examining the expression profile of this gene during the different stages of MC3T3-E1 development, utilizing the 'real-time' PCR technology, we observed that the expression of lumican increases as the osteoblast culture differentiates and matures, suggesting that lumican may be involved in regulating collagen fibrillogenesis in bone matrices. Using immunostaining, we observed that during the early embryonic development of mouse (E11 to E13), lumican is mainly expressed in the cartilaginous matrices. However, in the older embryos ( E14 to E16), the expression of lumican is more prominent in the developing bone matrices. Our data suggest that lumican is a significant proteoglycan component of bone matrix, which is secreted by differentiating and mature osteoblasts only and therefore it can be used as a marker to distinguish proliferating pre-osteoblasts from the differentiating osteoblasts.[1]


  1. Lumican is a major proteoglycan component of the bone matrix. Raouf, A., Ganss, B., McMahon, C., Vary, C., Roughley, P.J., Seth, A. Matrix Biol. (2002) [Pubmed]
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