Differential expression of CRABP-II in fibroblasts derived from dermis and subcutaneous fat

Antoon J. Van Den Bogaerdt, Abdoelwaheb El Ghalbzouri, Paul J. Hensbergen, Linda Reijnen, Michelle Verkerk, Miriam Kroon-Smits, Esther Middelkoop, Magda M.W. Ulrich

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We have shown previously that fibroblasts derived from fat or dermal tissue differ in their functional properties, such as proliferation rate and contractile properties. To study these differences further, two-dimensional electrophoresis (2D PAGE) was performed on proteins isolated from cultured subcutaneous fat and dermal fibroblasts. The 2D gels were screened for proteins that were differentially expressed in all donors (n=5). Five protein spots were subjected to further analysis by mass spectrometry. Two proteins could be identified: brain acid soluble protein 1 (BASP1) and cellular retinoic acid binding protein-II (CRABP-II). CRABP-II is of interest in terms of re-epithelialisation and was clearly expressed in dermal fibroblasts but not in fat fibroblasts. Real time PCR was performed to confirm the 2D data on CRABP-II. The CRABP-II mRNA level was significantly increased in dermal tissue and cultured dermal fibroblasts compared to fat tissue and cultured fat-derived fibroblasts, respectively. The mode of action of CRABP-II in skin is to mediate retinoic acid activity. Retinoic acid is known to inhibit migration and to stimulate differentiation of keratinocytes. The expression of CRABP-II by dermal fibroblasts implicates a role for these fibroblasts in wound re-epithelialisation, in contrast to subcutaneous fat-derived fibroblasts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-433
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2004


  • 2D-PAGE
  • BASP1
  • Fibroblasts
  • Peptides
  • Proteins
  • Proteomics
  • Re-epithelialisation
  • Real time PCR
  • mRNA

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