January 1995
Volume 36, Issue 1
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Cloning and in situ hybridization of rabbit decorin in corneal tissues.
Author Affiliations
  • Q Zhan
    Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • R Burrows
    Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • C Cintron
    Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science January 1995, Vol.36, 206-215. doi:
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      Q Zhan, R Burrows, C Cintron; Cloning and in situ hybridization of rabbit decorin in corneal tissues.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1995;36(1):206-215.

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To develop molecular probes and to identify the cell types responsible for decorin synthesis in healing cornea. METHODS: Adult rabbit cornea and rabbit corneal stromal cell (keratocyte) culture cDNA libraries were constructed. The libraries were screened with commercially available human cDNA and oligonucleotide probes. Positive clones were sequenced to obtain a full length rabbit decorin cDNA. Synthetic oligonucleotides for rabbit decorin were chosen as probes for Northern blot analysis and in situ hybridization of healing rabbit corneas. RESULTS: The cDNA sequences of the positive clones from the two libraries were identical in areas of overlap. The combined cDNA sequence indicated a 1.5-kb length with a complete open reading frame for decorin. The cDNA and deduced amino acid sequences are 90% and 88% identical, respectively, to previously reported human fibroblast and bovine bone decorin sequences. A hypervariable region near the N-terminal has little homology to decorins of other species or other rabbit protein. Northern blot analysis detected a 2.0-kb and a 2.3-kb band in mRNA from rabbit keratocyte cultures. Decorin mRNA was detected in keratocytes of normal and healing rabbit corneas by in situ hybridization. Label in the healing tissue was markedly increased above normal. Normal endothelium and epithelium in normal and healing cornea failed to show label. CONCLUSIONS: Decorin mRNA from normal adult rabbit cornea is identical to decorin mRNA from keratocytes in culture and is highly homologous to decorin from other animal species. In situ hybridization indicated an upregulation of decorin message in cells adjacent to and within the healing tissue. Both stroma-derived and endothelium-derived cells in the wound synthesize message for decorin.

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