Role of the extracellular matrix in morphogenesis

Cell Biology Section, CDBRB, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/NIH, 30 Convent Drive, MSC 4370, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.
Current Opinion in Biotechnology (Impact Factor: 7.12). 11/2003; 14(5):526-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.copbio.2003.08.002
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ABSTRACT The extracellular matrix is a complex, dynamic and critical component of all tissues. It functions as a scaffold for tissue morphogenesis, provides cues for cell proliferation and differentiation, promotes the maintenance of differentiated tissues and enhances the repair response after injury. Various amounts and types of collagens, adhesion molecules, proteoglycans, growth factors and cytokines or chemokines are present in the tissue- and temporal-specific extracellular matrices. Tissue morphogenesis is mediated by multiple extracellular matrix components and by multiple active sites on some of these components. Biologically active extracellular matrix components may have use in tissue repair, regeneration and engineering, and in programming stem cells for tissue replacement.

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    • "Many of these annotations, however, are not based on direct experimental observations or have not been comprehensively tested in vivo. Developmental signaling pathways active in tissue repair, such as the TGF-b, Wnt, Shh, or Bmp pathways, which emanate from secreted morphogens and are regulated by interacting ECM components (Kleinman et al, 2003), are often deregulated in chronic lung diseases, potentially causing persistent pulmonary fibrosis (Fernandez & Eickelberg, 2012). Bleomycin-induced lung injury, which induces robust fibrogenesis 2 weeks after injury, is the most frequently used animal model of pulmonary fibrosis (Mouratis & Aidinis, 2011; Bauer et al, 2015). "
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    • "Specific cell–substrate or cell to cell interactions involve components of the extracellular matrix and cell adhesion molecules as integrins, cadherins, and selectins (Bowells Sthepanie et al., 2010; Juliano, 2002; Kleinmann et al., 2003). Otherwise, unspecific adhesion mechanisms are rather resulting of the interaction due to the physico-chemical properties of the substrate such as surface hydrophobicity, surface charge, and surface functional groups (Lee et al., 2005). "
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