Journal article

Modulation of osteoblast behaviour by tenascin

EJ Mackie, S Ramsey

Journal of Cell Science | COMPANY OF BIOLOGISTS LTD | Published : 1996


The extracellular matrix protein tenascin is secreted by osteoblasts but absent from mineralized bone matrix. The current study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that tenascin regulates osteoblast behaviour. Three osteoblast-like cell lines UMR-106, ROS-17/2.8 (rat) and SAOS-2 (human) were used to investigate the role of tenascin in osteoblast morphology, differentiation and proliferation. Two of three cell lines adhered specifically to tenascin, remaining round and failing to spread. Tenascin as a substratum stimulated alkaline phosphatase activity (a marker of osteoblast differentiation) in two of three cell lines. Moreover, anti-tenascin in the medium caused a reduction in alkaline ph..

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