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Biosynthesis and secretion of dermatan sulphate proteoglycans in cultures of human skin fibroblasts.

Fibroblasts in culture were incubated with [3H]leucine and [35S]sulphate for 1-24 h. A large glucuronic acid-rich and a small iduronic acid-rich dermatan sulphate proteoglycan were isolated with the use of isopycnic density-gradient centrifugation, ion-exchange and gel chromatography. After 3 h the accumulation in the cell layer of the small proteoglycan reached a steady state, whereas the large one continued to increase, albeit more slowly. In the medium both proteoglycans accumulated 'linearly', although the large one appeared somewhat later than the small one. The composition of the polysaccharide chains and the size of the protein cores did not vary during the experiment. The two proteoglycans were synthesized at approximately similar rates, but were distributed differently in the culture. The small proteoglycan was mainly confined to the medium, whereas the large one was found in the medium as well as in a cell-associated pool. There was an intracellular accumulation of iduronic acid-rich dermatan sulphate as free polysaccharides.[1]


  1. Biosynthesis and secretion of dermatan sulphate proteoglycans in cultures of human skin fibroblasts. Cöster, L., Carlstedt, I., Malmström, A., Särnstrand, B. Biochem. J. (1984) [Pubmed]
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