During embryogenesis, a complex interplay between extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules, regulatory molecules, and growth factors mediates morphogenetic processes involved in palatogenesis. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta), retinoic acid (RA), and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic signaling systems are also potentially involved. Using [3H]glucosamine and [35S]methionine incorporation, anion exchange chromatography, semiquantitative radioactive RT-PCR, and a TGF-beta binding assay, we aimed to verify the presence of phenotypic differences between primary cultures of secondary palate (SP) fibroblasts from 2-year-old subjects with familial nonsyndromic cleft lip and/or palate (CLP-SP fibroblasts) and age-matched normal SP (N-SP) fibroblasts. The effects of RA--which, at pharmacologic doses, induces cleft palate in newborns of many species--were also studied. We found an altered ECM production in CLP-SP fibroblasts that synthesized and secreted more glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and fibronectin (FN) compared with N-SP cells. In CLP-SP cells, TGF-beta3 mRNA expression and TGF-beta receptor number were higher and RA receptor-alpha (RARA) gene expression was increased. Moreover, we demonstrated for the first time that GABA receptor (GABRB3) mRNA expression was upregulated in human CLP-SP fibroblasts. In N-SP and CLP-SP fibroblasts, RA decreased GAG and FN secretion and increased TGF-beta3 mRNA expression but reduced the number of TGF-beta receptors. TGF-beta receptor type I mRNA expression was decreased, TGF-beta receptor type II was increased, and TGF-beta receptor type III was not affected. RA treatment increased RARA gene expression in both cell populations but upregulated GABRB3 mRNA expression only in N-SP cells. These results show that CLP-SP fibroblasts compared with N-SP fibroblasts exhibit an abnormal phenotype in vitro and respond differently to RA treatment, and suggest that altered crosstalk between RA, GABAergic, and TGF-beta signaling systems could be involved in human cleft palate fibroblast phenotype.
|Titolo:||Retinoic acid, GABA-ergic, and TGF-β signaling systems are involved in human cleft palate fibroblast phenotype|
|Autori interni:||STABELLINI, GIORDANO|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/17 - Istologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.2119/2006–00026|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|