Rosetta Merline

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The small leucine-rich proteoglycans (SLRPs) are biologically active components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), consisting of a protein core with leucine rich-repeat (LRR) motifs covalently linked to glycosaminoglycan (GAG) side chains. The diversity in composition resulting from the various combinations of protein cores substituted with one or more GAG(More)
The mechanisms linking immune responses and inflammation with tumor development are not well understood. Here, we show that the soluble form of the extracellular matrix proteoglycan decorin controls inflammation and tumor growth through PDCD4 (programmed cell death 4) and miR-21 (microRNA-21) by two mechanisms. First, decorin acted as an endogenous ligand(More)
Although deficiency of the small leucine-rich proteoglycan decorin aggravates diabetic nephropathy in mice, the precise mechanisms of action are not fully understood. In the present study we used decorin-deficient mice (Dcn(-/-)) to further elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in the protective action of decorin in diabetes. We discovered that(More)
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