Reduction of basic fibroblasts growth factor receptor is coupled with terminal differentiation of chondrocytes.

Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) stimulates proliferation of chondrocytes and their extracellular matrix synthesis but inhibits terminal differentiation to hypertrophic cells (Kato, Y., and Iwamoto, M., (1990) J. Biol. Chem. 265, 5903-5909). In the present study, we examined changes in bFGF binding during chondrocyte cytodifferentiation. In cultures of… (More)