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Carrino, D A; Calabro, A; Darr, A B; Dours-Zimmermann, M T; Sandy, J D; Zimmermann, D R; Sorrell, J M; Hascall, V C; Caplan, A I (2011). Age-related differences in human skin proteoglycans. Glycobiology, 21(2):257-268.

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Previous work has shown that versican, decorin and a catabolic fragment of decorin, termed decorunt, are the most abundant proteoglycans in human skin. Further analysis of versican indicates that four major core protein species are present in human skin at all ages examined from fetal to adult. Two of these are identified as the V0 and V1 isoforms, with the latter predominating. The other two species are catabolic fragments of V0 and V1, which have the amino acid sequence DPEAAE as their carboxyl terminus. Although the core proteins of human skin versican show no major age-related differences, the glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) of adult skin versican are smaller in size and show differences in their sulfation pattern relative to those in fetal skin versican. In contrast to human skin versican, human skin decorin shows minimal age-related differences in its sulfation pattern, although, like versican, the GAGs of adult skin decorin are smaller than those of fetal skin decorin. Analysis of the catabolic fragments of decorin from adult skin reveals the presence of other fragments in addition to decorunt, although the core proteins of these additional decorin catabolic fragments have not been identified. Thus, versican and decorin of human skin show age-related differences, versican primarily in the size and the sulfation pattern of its GAGs and decorin in the size of its GAGs. The catabolic fragments of versican are detected at all ages examined, but appear to be in lower abundance in adult skin compared with fetal skin. In contrast, the catabolic fragments of decorin are present in adult skin, but are virtually absent from fetal skin. Taken together, these data suggest that there are age-related differences in the catabolism of proteoglycans in human skin. These age-related differences in proteoglycan patterns and catabolism may play a role in the age-related changes in the physical properties and injury response of human skin.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Surgical Pathology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:13 Jan 2011 12:26
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:27
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Additional Information:This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Glycobiology following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version "Carrino, D A; Calabro, A; Darr, A B; Dours-Zimmermann, M T; Sandy, J D; Zimmermann, D R; Sorrell, J M; Hascall, V C; Caplan, A I (2011). Age-related differences in human skin proteoglycans. Glycobiology, 21(2):257-268" is available online at: http://glycob.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2010/10/14/glycob.cwq162
Publisher DOI:10.1093/glycob/cwq162
PubMed ID:20947661

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