Extracellular matrix metabolism by chondrocytes Academic Article uri icon


  • The synthesis of collagen and proteoglycans by cultured chondrocytes, as measured by the incorporation of L-[3H]proline into hydroxyproline and [3H]acetate into glycosaminoglycans, was shown to be depressed by 58% and 39%, respectively, by the addition of exogenous proteoglycan at a concentration of 10 mg/ml growth media. The incorporation of L-[3H]proline into acid-insoluble protein remained unaltered in the presence of the proteoglycan. It was concluded that the effect was depressing the activity on the enzymatic steps, associated with the endoplasmic reticulum, which are responsible for the post-translational modification of collagen and proteoglycan.

publication date

  • December 1978