Journal article

Osteopontin, inflammation and myogenesis: influencing regeneration, fibrosis and size of skeletal muscle

Charles N Pagel, Dimuthu K Wasgewatte Wijesinghe, Neda Taghavi Esfandouni, Eleanor J Mackie

Preventive Veterinary Medicine | SPRINGER | Published : 2014


Osteopontin is a multifunctional matricellular protein that is expressed by many cell types. Through cell-matrix and cell-cell interactions the molecule elicits a number of responses from a broad range of target cells via its interaction with integrins and the hyaluronan receptor CD44. In many tissues osteopontin has been found to be involved in important physiological and pathological processes, including tissue repair, inflammation and fibrosis. Post-natal skeletal muscle is a highly differentiated and specialised tissue that retains a remarkable capacity for regeneration following injury. Regeneration of skeletal muscle requires the co-ordinated activity of inflammatory cells that infiltr..

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