Effect of TGF-beta 1 on PDGF receptors expression in human scar fibroblasts.

D. V. Messadi, A. Le, S. Berg, G. Huang, W. Zhuang, C. N. Bertolami

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This study examined the effect of exogenous TGF -beta1 on platelet derived growth factor alpha and beta (PDGF-alpha, beta) receptor expression in human dermal fibroblasts derived from both normal cutaneous tissues (normal skin [NSk]) and (normal scar [NSc]) and abnormal scar (keloid). TGF-beta and PDGF are present in the early phases of wound healing and are implicated in tissue fibrosis. In this study, replicate samples of NSk, NSc and keloid fibroblasts were grown to subconfluency in DMEM/10% FBS followed by replacement of media with DMEM/0.1%FBS for 24 hrs. One group of cells (NSk, NSc and keloid) were exposed to 10 ng/mL of exogenous TGF-beta1 for 24 hours, while the other group was used as control with no exposure to exogenous TGF-beta1. RadioImmunoBinding assays, Western and Northern blot analysis were performed to examine both PDGF-alpha and PDGF-beta receptor expression at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. cDNA receptor probes were synthesized using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with selected primer sets derived from published sequences. Beta-actin probe was used as a control to confirm that the same quantity of RNA was used for each experimental condition. TGF-beta1 was found to upregulate the expression of PDGF-alpha receptor for keloid fibroblasts but not for NSk or NSc fibroblasts. No effect was observed for TGF-beta 1 on PDGF-beta receptor expression for any of the cell lines examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)a16-22
JournalFrontiers in bioscience : a journal and virtual library
StatePublished - Feb 15 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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