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Eur J Cell Biol. 1990 Dec;53(2):305-12.

Immunocytochemical localization of proteoglycans within normal elastin fibers.

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Institute of General Pathology, University of Modena, Italy.


Appreciable amounts of glycosaminoglycans have been found by immunocytochemistry within mature elastin fibers of human dermis. On thin sections, elastin fibers showed antigenic sites for monoclonal antibodies recognizing the unsaturated units remaining after digestion of hyaluronic acid with Streptomyces hyaluronidase and after digestion of dermatan and chondroitin sulfates with chondroitinase ABC. Moreover, sectioned elastin fibers were positive towards antibodies raised against synthetic peptides corresponding to amino acid sequences near the N-terminus of the protein core of small matrix proteoglycans PGI and PGII, respectively (Fisher et al., J. Biol. Chem. 262, 9702-9708 (1987)). This is the first demonstration that highly hydrophylic molecules are strictly associated with normally cross-linked elastin. The presence of highly hydrated molecules within the elastin polymer could greatly influence its physiological properties and behavior in pathology.

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