Decorin Is Significantly Overexpressed in Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany.
American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Impact Factor: 2.51). 07/2009; 132(1):139-43. DOI: 10.1309/AJCPGB55YDURJXZC
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The role of the proteoglycans in the pathogenesis of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is unclear. We assessed expression of decorin, versican, and transforming growth factor beta1 (TGF-beta1) in skin specimens of 10 patients with biopsy-proven NSF and different control groups. Real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction studies and immunohistochemical analysis were performed on full-thickness skin specimens. The messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein levels of decorin were significantly higher in the skin lesions of patients with NSF than in skin lesions of patients with systemic sclerosis, patients undergoing hemodialysis, and healthy subjects. The versican mRNA levels in NSF lesions differed significantly only from the levels in healthy subjects. TGF-beta1 mRNA expression was significantly overexpressed in NSF lesions compared with control skin specimens investigated. In NSF specimens, the mRNA expression of TGF-beta1 and decorin were highly correlated (r = 0.92). Our results suggest that decorin and TGF-beta1 may have a fundamental role in the pathogenesis of NSF. Conversely, versican seems less likely to be of pathogenetic significance in NSF.

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    • "Decorin is involved in collagen fibrillogenesis, growth factor modulation, fibrocyte differentiation and cellular growth which may perpetuate fibrosis. The role of decorin in the pathogenesis of NSF was studied by Gambichler et al. [60]. They assessed mRNA expression of decorin, versican and TGF-β in skin specimens of 10 patients with NSF, 16 patients with systemic sclerosis, 8 patients without NSF on hemodialysis and 17 healthy controls. "
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    • "A resent work showed that the presence of GBCA increases DNA damage in lymphocytes [51]. The presence of high iron and erythropoetin levels are suspected to contribute to the development of NSF as well [44,52-54]. The Gd3+ complexes seem to have an effect on calcium phosphate as a study showed that the calcium phosphate precipitation is increased thus activating macrophages [55]. "
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