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The effect of serum withdrawal on the protein profile of quiescent human dermal fibroblasts in primary cell culture.
Quaglino Daniela, Tiozzo Roberta, Paolinelli Devincenzi Chiara, Annovi Giulia, Boraldi Federica, 2008, original scientific article

Abstract: The effect of serum deprivation on proliferating cells is well known, in contrast its role on primary cell cultures, at confluence, has not been deeply investigated. Therefore, in order to explore the response of quiescent cells to serum deprivation, ubiquitous mesenchymal cells, as normal human dermal fibroblasts, were grown, for 48 h after confluence, in the presence or absence of 10% FBS. Fibroblast behaviour (i.e. cell morphology, cell viability, ROS production and elastin synthesis) was evaluated morphologically and biochemically. Moreover, the protein profile was investigated by 2-DE and differentially expressed proteins were identified by MS. Serum withdrawal caused cell shrinkage but did not significantly modify the total cell number. ROS production, as evaluated by the dihydroethidium (DH2) probe, was increased after serum deprivation, whereas elastin synthesis, measured by a colorimetric method, was markedly reduced in the absence of serum. By proteome analysis, 41 proteins appeared to significantly change their expression, the great majority of protein changes were related to the cytoskeleton, the stress response and the glycolytic pathway. Data indicate that human dermal fibroblasts in primary cell culture can adapt themselves to environmental changes, without significantly altering cell viability, at least after a few days of treatment, even though serum withdrawal represents a stress condition capable to increase ROS production, to influence cell metabolism and to interfere with cell behaviour, favouring the expression of several age-related features.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Keywords: Dermal fibroblasts / Primary cell culture / ROS production / Serum withdrawal
Published: 22.07.2019; Views: 1627; 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: ključnih besedah
Keywords: Heparan sulfate, Elastin, Fibroblasts
Published: 23.08.2019; Views: 1333; Downloads: 0
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Fibroblast involvement in soft connective tissue calcification
Paolo Cianciulli, Giulia Annovi, Federica Boraldi, Ivonne Pasquali Ronchetti, Daniela Quaglino, 2013, review article

Abstract: Soft connective tissue calcification is not a passive process, but the consequence of metabolic changes of local mesenchymal cells that, depending on both genetic and environmental factors, alter the balance between pro- and anti-calcifying pathways. While the role of smooth muscle cells and pericytes in ectopic calcifications has been widely investigated, the involvement of fibroblasts is still elusive. Fibroblasts isolated from the dermis of pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) patients and of patients exhibiting PXE-like clinical and histopathological findings offer an attractive model to investigate the mechanisms leading to the precipitation of mineral deposits within elastic fibers and to explore the influence of the genetic background and of the extracellular environment on fibroblast-associated calcifications, thus improving the knowledge on the role of mesenchymal cells on pathologic mineralization.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...has been widely investigated, the involvement of fibroblasts is still elusive. Fibroblasts isolated from the...
Keywords: fibroblasts, PXE, PXE-likedisorders, elastin, extracellularmatrix, ectopiccalcification, mesenchymal stromalcells
Published: 23.08.2019; Views: 1518; Downloads: 0
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