Extracellular matrix metabolism by chondrocytes 5. The proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans synthesized by chondrocytes in high density cultures Academic Article uri icon


  • Proteoglycans were extracted from the extracellular matrix of cultures of embryonic chick chondrocytes grown at high density and were purified by CsC1 density gradient centrifugation. The chemical, physical and hyaluronate binding properties of the proteoglycans were similar to those observed in proteoglycans from other hyaline cartilages. Proteoglycans in the media were also purified and on analysis showed three populations of proteoglycans to be present. One population had the physical characteristics of a typical proteoglycan subunit and bound hyaluronate, the other two populations were unable to complex with hyaluronate but one had the physical characteristics of the proteoglycan subunit and the other was of smaller molecular weight. The small molecular weight appears to be a product of the enzymatic degradation of the larger molecular weight species.

publication date

  • January 1979