alexa Recombinant Progranulin Prevents the Loss of Proteoglyc
ISSN: 2157-7099

Journal of Cytology & Histology
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Recombinant Progranulin Prevents the Loss of Proteoglycan in Surgically Induced Osteoarthritis Model

Chuanju Liu*

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Cell Biology, New York University School of Medicine, 301 East 17th Street, New York, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Chuanju Liu
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Cell Biology
New York University School of Medicine, 301 East 17th Street
New York, NY10003, USA
Tel: 212-598-6103
Fax: 212-598-6096
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: October 31, 2014; Accepted Date: October 31, 2014; Published Date: November 01, 2014

Citation: Liu C (2014) Recombinant Progranulin Prevents the Loss of Proteoglycan in Surgically Induced Osteoarthritis Model. J Cytol Histol 5:i104. doi: 10.4172/2157-7099.1000i104

Copyright: © 2014 Liu C. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that affects more than 46 million people in the United States alone. Since mechanisms by which OA ensues are largely unknown, there are no therapeutic targets that effectively prevent and treat the disease. However, growth factors, cytokines and matrix-degrading enzymes are strongly implicated in initiating and aggravating OA lesions. Thus, a molecular understanding of these molecules will provide invaluable information toward the search for novel therapeutic targets for OA. Our genome-wide screen for novel, differentially expressed genes in OA led to the isolation of progranulin (PGRN) as a novel OA-associated growth factor [1]. In subsequent global screen for the binding proteins of PGRN, we found that PGRN bound to TNF Receptors (TNFR). In addition, PGRN blocks the binding of TNFα to TNFR and inhibits TNFα-induced ADAMTS cleavage of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) [2]. These previous findings led us to determine whether recombinant PGRN prevents cartilage degradation in the progression of OA in vivo. For this purpose, we took advantage of PGRN knockout mice to generate anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) transection induced OA models which develop severe OA due to the deficiency of PGRN. Importantly, intra-articular injection of rPGRN growth factor significantly prevented the degeneration of cartilage in PGRN-deficient OA model. PGRN treated mice retained cartilage integrity and showed little or no degradation of cartilage matrix in comparison to highly degraded cartilage of non-treated mice (Figure).

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