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Connective tissue and diseases: from morphology to proteomics towards the development of new therapeutic appproach
Daniela Quaglino, Federica Boraldi, Giulia Annovi, Deanna Guerra, Ivonne Pasquali Ronchetti, 2009, review article

Abstract: Connective tissue consists of cells separated by the extracellular matrix, whose composition and amount vary according to age, to functional requirements, and to the presence of pathologic conditions. Within this non-random macromolecular assembly, collagens, elastin, proteoglycans and structural glycoproteins are mutually interdependent and modifications of one component, by extrinsic (environmental) and/or intrinsic (systemic, genetic, age-related) factors, may have consequences on the tissue as a whole. Since decades, different microscopical techniques have been applied mainly for diagnostic purposes and for detailed descriptions of changes occurring in cells and in matrix components. More recently, in order to dissect the molecular complexity of the matrix network, to analyse the interactions between cells and matrix and to look for modulators of cell phenotype, histomorphologic investigations have been implemented with proteomic studies that allow to identify possible diagnostic markers, and to better understand patho-mechanisms enabling the design of novel therapeutic strategies. Therefore, the progressively expanding, although incomplete, knowledge on connective tissue biology, sheds new light on the pathogenesis of diseases affecting single molecules (i.e. collagenopathies, mucopolysaccharidoses, elastinopathies) and discloses the importance of matrix components as fundamental regulators of cell phenotype, in relation, for instance, to the aging process and/or to cancer development and progression. Few examples will be presented demonstrating the promises of proteomics as a technique leading to the discovery of new therapies and possibly to the development of individualized treatments for a better patient care.
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Keywords: pathology, proteomics, fibrosis, rheumatology, cancer
Published: 23.08.2019; Views: 542; Downloads: 0
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Fibroblast protein profile analysis highlights the role of oxidative stress and vitamin K recycling in the pathogenesis of pseudoxanthoma elasticum.
Ivonne Pasquali Ronchetti, Roberta Tiozzo, Giorgio De Santis, Fulvio Panico, Garcia Fernandez Maria Immaculada, Paolinelli Devincenzi Chiara, Deanna Guerra, Giulia Annovi, Federica Boraldi, Daniela Quaglino, 2009, original scientific article

Abstract: Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is a genetic disorder associated to mutations in the ABCC6 gene; however, the pathogenetic mechanisms leading to elastic fibre calcifications and to clinical manifestations are still unknown. Dermal fibroblasts, directly involved in the production of the extracellular milieu, have been isolated from healthy subjects and from patients affected by PXE, cultured in vitro and characterized for their ability to produce reactive oxygen species, for structural and functional properties of their cell membranes, for changes in their protein profile. Data demonstrate that oxidative stress has profound and endurable consequences on PXE fibroblast phenotype being responsible for: reduced levels of global DNA methylation, increased amount of carbonylated proteins and of lipid peroxidation products, altered structural properties of cell membranes, modified protein expression. Data shed new light on the pathogenetic pathways in PXE, by identifying a network of proteins affecting elastic fibre calcification through inefficient vitamin K recycling, and highlight the role of differentially expressed proteins as targets for validating the efficacy of future therapeutic strategies aiming to delay and/or revert the pathologic phenotype of PXE fibroblasts. Moreover, data open new perspectives for investigating PXE-like phenotypes in the absence of ABCC6 mutations.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: Ectopic calcification / Elastin / Fibroblast proteome / MRP6 / PXE
Published: 23.08.2019; Views: 634; Downloads: 0
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Heparan Sulfate Affects Elastin Deposition in Fibroblasts Cultured from Donors of Different Ages
Bruna Parma, Roberta Tiozzo, Deanna Guerra, Pasquale Moscarelli, Federica Boraldi, Giulia Annovi, Pascal Sommer, Daniela Quaglino, 2012, original scientific article

Abstract: Heparan sulfate (HS), due to its presence on the cell surface and in the extracellular milieu and its ability to modulate cell signaling, has a fundamental role in both physiological and pathological conditions. For decades we have demonstrated the occurrence of interactions between glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and elastic fibers. In particular, we have recently shown that HS is present inside elastic fibers and plays a role in the assembly and stability of elastin coacervates. Elastin represents, within the extracellular matrix, the component most severely affected during aging, and changes in the synthesis and posttranslational modifications of HS have been described, possibly influencing cellular behavior and protein interactions. Thus, the present study has investigated, in two different in vitro experimental models, the role of HS on elastin deposition and assembly. Results demonstrate that: (1) Biological effects of HS are partly dependent on the physicochemical characteristics of the GAGs; (2) HS does not affect attachment, viability, and growth of human dermal fibroblasts; (3) HS does not modify elastin gene expression nor elastin synthesis, but favors a-elastin aggregation and, independently from the age of donors, elastin assembly; (4) HS significantly increases the expression of fibulin 5, and these effects are especially evident in fibroblasts isolated from aging donors. These data provide a better understanding of the biological role of HS and offer new perspectives regarding the possibility of restoring and/or preserving the elastic component with aging.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: Heparan sulfate, Elastin, Fibroblasts
Published: 23.08.2019; Views: 526; Downloads: 0
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