Biglycan (BGN) and WISP-1 are 2 extracellular matrix proteins that bind to each other and colocalize in mineralizing tissue. Here we show that WISP-1 abrogates the repression of proliferation in bone marrow stromal cells induced by BGN. We also demonstrate that WISP-1 and its variant WISP-1va can alleviate the repressed osteogenic differentiation caused by the absence of BGN. These preliminary data suggest that WISP-1 and BGN may functionally interact and control each other's activity, thus regulating the differentiation and proliferation of osteogenic cells.
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