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Biol Reprod. 1986 Nov;35(4):997-1008.

Production of components of extracellular matrix by cultured rat Sertoli cells.

Abstract

Sertoli cells from rats aged 15, 20, and 25 days were cultured in plastic dishes and extracted with Triton X-100 (0.1 percent w/v) or sodium deoxycholate (2 percent w/v). Residues left after extraction were found to contain three proteins characteristic of extracellular matrix (fibronectin, collagen IV, and laminin). These proteins were identified by four methods: indirect immunofluorescence, co-migration with standard proteins on electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gels, immunoblotting (Western blots), and immunoprecipitation after incubating the Sertoli cells with [35S]methionine. In addition, fibronectin was identified by immunoelectron microscopy with a second antibody conjugated to colloidal gold. In the same cell residues, heparan sulfate was tentatively identified by the first of these methods. The cells used in these studies were shown, by electron microscopy, to be essentially pure cultures of Sertoli cells (greater than 95% pure). Since 100 percent of the cells examined showed positive and specific immunofluorescent staining with well-characterized antibodies to the four components of the extracellular matrix, and since studies with colloidal gold revealed the presence of fibronectin closely associated with and inside cells identified by electron microscopy as Sertoli cells, it must be concluded that Sertoli cells synthesize these four proteins and presumably heparan sulfate. Evidently, cultured Sertoli cells can synthesize and secrete some of the components of an extracellular matrix.

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