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Changes in cell surface expression of fibronectin and fibronectin receptor during liver regeneration.

The surface expression of fibronectin and its major integrin receptor in liver, integrin alpha 5 beta 1, was studied during liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy. Using immunoblotting, plasma membranes isolated from livers at different regeneration stages were found to contain 6- to 8-fold elevated levels of fibronectin, alpha 5 and beta 1 at 12-24 h after the operation. Normal levels were gradually restored during the following 8-9 days. The membrane-associated fibronectin lacked the ED-A domain, suggesting that it consisted of plasma fibronectin. A prominent fibronectin fragment (180 kDa) was present at 12-24 h after surgery, possibly reflecting turnover of the pericellular matrix during cell division. Indirect immunohistochemical staining of liver sections revealed beta 1 and fibronectin mainly in the sinusoidal region of the hepatocyte plasma membrane. The distribution was not markedly altered during liver regeneration. The results suggest that the fibronectin- mediated contacts between the cells and the extracellular matrix increase during the pre-replicative and proliferative phases of liver regeneration. The significance of these results for the growth and for the structure of the liver during regeneration and development is discussed.[1]


  1. Changes in cell surface expression of fibronectin and fibronectin receptor during liver regeneration. Pujades, C., Forsberg, E., Enrich, C., Johansson, S. J. Cell. Sci. (1992) [Pubmed]
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