Degradation of proteoglycan in articular cartilage.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Adult rabbit articular cartilage was labelled in vivo over 48 h with [35S]sulphate and was then incubated in organ culture at pH 7.2. Approx. 65% of the tissue content of [35S]proteoglycan was released into the culture medium during the first 48 h of incubation. The average molecular size of the released proteoglycans, as assessed by fractionation on Sepharose 2B/CL and 4B/Cl, was only slightly smaller than that of the proteoglycans extracted from non-cultured cartilage with 4 M guanidine HCl. The percentage of released proteoglycans and extracted proteoglycans which formed aggregates with hyaluronic acid was approx. 25% and 75%, respectively. The results indicate that proteoglycan degradation in adult articular cartilage is initiated by a limited proteolysis of subunit core protein, with the production of non-aggregating species which diffuse readily from the tissue.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sandy, JD; Brown, HL; Lowther, DA

Published Date

  • November 1, 1978

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 543 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 536 - 544

PubMed ID

  • 31190

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-3002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0304-4165(78)90308-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands