Proteomic analysis of the extracellular matrix in idiopathic pes equinovarus
Antibodies specific for alpha 1(V) chains and native collagen molecules containing the alpha 1(V) chain have been used to study the localization of alpha 1(V)-containing molecules in differentiating hyaline cartilage. Immunofluorescence data show that the undifferentiated mesenchyme contains significant quantities of these molecules throughout the cell-rich tissue matrix. Examination of fully differentiated hyaline cartilage reveals a unique staining pattern wherein the immunofluorescent material is restricted to the pericellular matrix within the chondrocyte lacunae. We conclude from these data in conjunction with other evidence that the Type V collagens function as components of an exocytoskeleton for connective tissue cells.