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J Cell Sci. 2008 Aug 15;121(Pt 16):2696-704. doi: 10.1242/jcs.029819. Epub 2008 Jul 24.

Fibrillin-1 microfibril deposition is dependent on fibronectin assembly.

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  • 1Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, Faculty of Life Science, Michael Smith Building, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester M139PT, UK.


Newly deposited microfibrils strongly colocalise with fibronectin in primary fibroblasts. Microfibril formation is grossly inhibited by fibronectin depletion, but rescued by supplementation with exogenous cellular fibronectin. As integrin receptors are key determinants of fibronectin assembly, we investigated whether they also influenced microfibril deposition. Analysis of beta1-integrin-receptor-null fibroblasts, blockage of cell surface integrin receptors that regulate fibronectin assembly and disruption of Rho kinase all result in suppressed deposition of both fibronectin and microfibrils. Antibody activation of beta1 integrins in fibronectin-depleted cultures is insufficient to rescue microfibril assembly. In fibronectin(RGE/RGE) mutant mouse fibroblast cultures, which do not engage alpha5beta1 integrin, extracellular assembly of both fibronectin and microfibrils is markedly reduced. Thus, pericellular microfibril assembly is regulated by fibronectin fibrillogenesis.

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