Epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptors were demonstrated on cultured rabbit costal chondrocytes. After crosslinking, the receptors on the cells with 125I-EGF, one major band of 170 KDa was separated by SDS-PAGE. Scatchard analysis demonstrated two classes of EGF receptors with Kd values of 0.3 nM and 1.6 nM. The numbers of high and low affinity receptors were 3,000 and 10,000 per cell, respectively. EGF receptors on chondrocytes were increased by treatment with retinoic acid and interleukin-1β, which inhibited proteoglycan synthesis. On the other hand, parathyroid hormone and dibutyryl cyclic AMP, which stimulated proteoglycan synthesis, decreased the number of EGF receptors. Treatments with these agents did not change the affinity of the receptors. These findings suggest that the number of EGF receptors is a negative marker of chondrocyte differentiation.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 28 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology