Heinz Hausser

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Immunostaining of adult human skin shows that the small dermatan sulphate proteoglycan decorin is abundant in the whole dermal layer but absent from the epidermis. In the papillary layer adjacent to the dermal-epidermal border, more decorin was detected than in the reticular layer of the dermis. Expression of decorin mRNA by cells in the papillary dermis(More)
Recently we have shown that biglycan, a small chondroitin sulphate proteoglycan of the extracellular matrix, supports the survival of cultured neurons from the developing neocortex of embryonic day 15 rats. Here we investigate the structure-function relationship of this neurotrophic proteoglycan and show that chondroitin/dermatan sulphate chains are the(More)
This review pays special attention to the structure and functions of two chondroitin/dermatan sulphate proteoglycans which are members of the family of small leucine-rich proteoglycans of the extracellular matrix. Novel data are presented indicating the importance of the core protein for the determination of the extent of glycosaminoglycan modification.(More)
Decorin, an interstitial small proteoglycan, was shown to interact with fibronectin via its core protein. In a solid-phase assay, both high-affinity (KD values between 10 and 20 nM) and low-affinity (KD values between 110 and 130 nM) binding sites were found. The central position of decorin core protein is made up of several repeats containing NKISK in(More)
BACKGROUND Among the small proteoglycans, biglycan and decorin have been proposed to be potent modulators of TGF-beta-mediated inflammatory kidney diseases. They were considered to become induced during glomerulonephritis and to subsequently inactivate the cytokine. METHODS Decorin and biglycan as well as their endocytosis receptor were investigated in(More)
Biglycan is a member of the small leucine-rich proteoglycan family. Its core protein comprises two chondroitin/dermatan sulfate attachment sites on serine 42 and serine 47, respectively, which are the fifth and tenth amino acid residues, respectively, after removal of the prepro peptide. Because the regulation of glycosaminoglycan chain assembly is not(More)
The small dermatan sulfate proteoglycan decorin is efficiently internalized by a variety of cells of mesenchymal origin. Decorin-binding receptor proteins of 51 and 26 kDa are involved in this process. Uptake is modulated by highly sulfated heparan sulfate which interacts with the receptor proteins, too. Compared with cultured skin fibroblasts, bovine(More)
Septins represent a family of phylogenetically conserved proteins required for cytokinesis. Their presence in pre- and postsynaptic neuronal membranes suggests a general function as scaffolds for membrane reorganization. The transcriptional regulation of all septins examined so far is complex, resulting in alternatively spliced variants. We focus here on(More)
Recent studies have indicated a critical role for vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) during the process of endochondral ossification, in particular in coupling cartilage resorption with bone formation. Therefore, we studied the chemoattractive and proliferative properties of human VEGF-A on primary human osteoblasts (PHO) and compared these data with(More)
Interactions between the core protein of the small dermatan sulfate proteoglycan decorin and type I collagen have been considered to influence the kinetics of collagen fibrillogenesis and the diameter of and the distance between the fibrils. A variety of recombinant core protein fragments were expressed in Escherichia coli, extracted from inclusion bodies,(More)