Olga Goldberger

Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, United States

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Publications (6)55.44 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Syndecans are a family of four transmembrane heparan sulfate proteoglycans that act as coreceptors for a variety of cell-surface ligands and receptors. Receptor activation in several cell types leads to shedding of syndecan-1 and syndecan-4 ectodomains into the extracellular space by metalloproteinase-mediated cleavage of the syndecan core protein. We have found that 3T3-L1 adipocytes express syndecan-1 and syndecan-4 and that their ectodomains are shed in response to insulin in a dose-, time-, and metalloproteinase-dependent manner. Insulin responsive shedding is not seen in 3T3-L1 fibroblasts. This shedding involves both Ras-MAP kinase and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase pathways. In response to insulin, adipocytes are known to secrete active lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that binds to heparan sulfate on the luminal surface of capillary endothelia. Lipoprotein lipase is transported as a stable enzyme from its site of synthesis to its site of action, but the transport mechanism is unknown. Our studies indicate that shed adipocyte syndecans associate with lipoprotein lipase. The shed syndecan ectodomain can stabilize active lipoprotein lipase. These data suggest that syndecan ectodomains, shed by adipocytes in response to insulin, are physiological extracellular chaperones for lipoprotein lipase as it translocates from its site of synthesis to its site of action.
    Biochemistry 06/2006; 45(18):5703-11. · 3.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A comparative analysis was carried out of heparan sulfate (HS) and chondroitin sulfate (CS) chains of the ectodomains of hybrid type transmembrane proteoglycans, syndecan-1 and -4, synthesized simultaneously by normal murine mammary gland epithelial cells. Although the HS chains were structurally indistinguishable, intriguingly the CS chains were structurally and functionally distinct, probably reflecting the differential regulation of sulfotransferases involved in the synthesis of HS and CS. The CS chains of the two syndecans comprised nonsulfated, 4-O-, 6-O-, and 4,6-O-disulfated N-acetylgalactosamine-containing disaccharide units and were significantly different, with a higher degree of sulfation for syndecan-4. Functional analysis using a BIAcore system showed that basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) specifically bound only to the HS chains of both syndecans, whereas midkine (MK) and pleiotrophin (PTN) bound not only to the HS but also to the CS chains. Stronger binding of MK and PTN to the CS chains of syndecan-4 than those of syndecan-1 was revealed, supporting the structural and functional differences. Intriguingly, removal of the CS chains decreased the association and dissociation rate constants of MK, PTN, and bFGF for both syndecans, suggesting the simultaneous binding of these growth factors to both types of chains, producing a ternary complex that transfers the growth factors to the corresponding cell surface receptors more efficiently compared with the HS chains alone. The involvement of the core protein was also shown in the binding of MK and PTN to syndecan-1, suggesting the possibility of cooperation with the HS and/or CS chains in the binding of these growth factors and their delivery to the cell surface receptors.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 10/2004; 279(36):37368-76. · 4.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Many of the biological functions attributed to cell surface heparan sulfate (HS) proteoglycans, including the Syndecan family, are elicited through the interaction of their HS chains with soluble extracellular molecules. Tightly controlled, cell-specific sulfation and epimerization of HS precursors endows these chains with highly sulfated, iduronate-rich regions, which are major determinants of cytokine and matrix-protein binding and which are interspersed by N-acetylated, poorly sulfated regions. Until this study, there have been no comprehensive structural comparisons made on HS chains decorating simultaneously expressed, but different, syndecan core proteins. In this paper we demonstrate that the HS chains on affinity-purified syndecan-1 and -4 from murine mammary gland cells are essentially identical by a number of parameters. Size determination, disaccharide analyses, enzymatic and chemical scission methods, and affinity co-electrophoresis all failed to reveal any significant differences in fine structure, domain organization, or ligand-binding properties of these HS species. These findings lead us to suggest that the imposition of the fine structure onto HS occurs independently of the core protein to which it is attached and that these core proteins, in addition to the HS chains, may play a pivotal role in the various biological functions ascribed to these macromolecules.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 05/2003; 278(15):13561-9. · 4.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mice lacking syndecan-1 are viable, fertile and have morphologically normal skin, hair and ocular surface epithelia. While studying the response of these mice to corneal epithelial and skin wounding, we identified defects in epithelial cell proliferation and regulation of integrin expression. mRNA profiling of corneal epithelial tissues obtained from wild-type and syndecan-1(-/-) mice suggest that these defects result from differences in overall gene transcription. In the cornea, syndecan-1(-/-) epithelial cells migrate more slowly, show reduced localization of alpha9 integrin during closure of wounds and fail to increase their proliferation rate 24 hours after wounding. In the skin, we did not document a migration defect after full thickness wounds but did observe cell proliferation delays and reduced localization of alpha9 integrin in the syndecan-1(-/-) epidermis after dermabrasion. Despite increased cell proliferation rates in the uninjured syndecan-1(-/-) epidermis and the corneal epithelium, morphologically normal epithelial thickness is maintained prior to injury; however, wounding is accompanied by prolonged hypoplasia in both tissues. Analyses of integrin protein levels in extracts from full thickness skin, revealed increased levels of alpha3 and alpha9 integrins both prior to injury and after hair removal in syndecan-1(-/-) mice but no increase 2 days after dermabrasion. These data for the first time show involvement of alpha9 integrin in skin wound healing and demonstrate essential roles for syndecan-1 in mediating cell proliferation and regulation of integrin expression in normal and wounded epithelial tissues.
    Journal of Cell Science 01/2003; 115(Pt 23):4517-31. · 5.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Transgenic expression in the hypothalamus of syndecan-1, a cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG) and modulator of ligand-receptor encounters, produces mice with hyperphagia and maturity-onset obesity resembling mice with reduced action of alpha melanocyte stimulating hormone (alphaMSH). Via their HS chains, syndecans potentiate the action of agouti-related protein and agouti signaling protein, endogenous inhibitors of alphaMSH. In wild-type mice, syndecan-3, the predominantly neural syndecan, is expressed in hypothalamic regions that control energy balance. Food deprivation increases hypothalamic syndecan-3 levels several-fold. Syndecan-3 null mice, otherwise apparently normal, respond to food deprivation with markedly reduced reflex hyperphagia. We propose that oscillation of hypothalamic syndecan-3 levels physiologically modulates feeding behavior.
    Cell 08/2001; 106(1):105-16. · 33.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Microbial pathogens frequently take advantage of host systems for their pathogenesis. Shedding of cell surface molecules as soluble extracellular domains (ectodomains) is one of the host responses activated during tissue injury. In this study, we examined whether pathogenic bacteria can modulate shedding of syndecan-1, the predominant syndecan of host epithelia. Our studies found that overnight culture supernatants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus enhanced the shedding of syndecan-1 ectodomains, whereas culture supernatants of several other Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria had only low levels of activity. Because supernatants from all tested strains of P. aeruginosa (n = 9) enhanced syndecan-1 shedding by more than 4-fold above control levels, we focused our attention on this Gram-negative bacterium. Culture supernatants of P. aeruginosa increased shedding of syndecan-1 in both a concentration- and time-dependent manner, and augmented shedding by various host cells. A 20-kDa shedding enhancer was partially purified from the supernatant through ammonium sulfate precipitation and gel chromatography, and identified by N-terminal sequencing as LasA, a known P. aeruginosa virulence factor. LasA was subsequently determined to be a syndecan-1 shedding enhancer from the findings that (i) immunodepletion of LasA from the partially purified sample resulted in abrogation of its activity to enhance shedding and (ii) purified LasA increased shedding in a concentration-dependent manner. Our results also indicated that LasA enhances syndecan-1 shedding by activation of the host cell's shedding mechanism and not by direct interaction with syndecan-1 ectodomains. Enhanced syndecan-1 shedding may be a means by which pathogenic bacteria take advantage of a host mechanism to promote their pathogenesis.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 03/2000; 275(5):3057-64. · 4.60 Impact Factor