Expression of heparan sulfate proteoglycans in murine models of experimental colitis

A M Patterson, M I Delday, T H van Kuppevelt, G Loh, M Blaut, D Haller, G Grant, D Kelly

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BACKGROUND: Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) are considered important in maintaining physiological homeostasis in many systems. Their expression is altered greatly in several pathophysiological conditions. Herein, we assess the expression and cellular localization of HSPGs in two murine models of human inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). METHODS: Expression and localization of HSPGs, syndecans, and HS epitopes were examined in the colon of 129SvEv interleukin 10 knockout (IL10(-/-) ), C3Bir IL10(-/-) , and their genetic control (IL10(+/+) ) counterparts (129SvEv; C3H/HeJ). mRNA expression of syndecans and heparan sulfate biosynthesis enzymes were evaluated by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Localization of HSPGs was determined by immunofluorescence. RESULTS: mRNA for all syndecans was detected and expression in colonic tissues altered in IL10(-/-) mice. Syndecan-1 protein was expressed in the intestinal epithelium and on lamina propria cells of IL10(-/-) and control mice but was significantly reduced on the intestinal epithelial cells of IL10(-/-) , mice particularly with severe colitis. Syndecan-2 was not detected, whereas syndecan-3 immunoreactivity was localized in the lamina propria but did not differ between control and IL10(-/-) mice. Syndecan-4 was present on epithelial cells of all mice but was significantly reduced in IL10(-/-) mice. Differences in the expression of HS epitopes between control and IL10(-/-) mice were also confirmed. CONCLUSIONS: The study has revealed altered expression of syndecan-1 and -4 and HS epitopes in the gut of mice with an IBD-like gut disorder. The IL10(-/-) mouse is a useful model for further study of the functional role of HSPGs in chronic inflammation and in maintaining healthy gut barrier. (Inflamm Bowel Dis 2011;).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1112-1126
Number of pages15
JournalInflammatory Bowel Diseases
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • syndecan
  • heparan sulfate
  • interleukin 10
  • animal models
  • colon


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