Stimulation of human monocyte/macrophage-derived growth factor (MDGF) production by plasma fibronectin

B. M. Martin, M. A. Gimbrone, G. R. Majeau, E. R. Unanue, R. S. Cotran

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Culture supernatants from human peripheral blood monocytes, isolated free of platelet contamination and cultured in the absence of serum, stimulate DNA synthesis and cell growth in Balb/c 3T3 fibroblasts and bovine aortic smooth-muscle cells. Monocytes cultured in serum-free medium for 24 hours with plasma fibronectin, added as either a surface-attached or soluble molecule, secrete significantly increased amounts of growth-promoting activity. Fibronectin also stimulates an increase in intracellular growth factor content and in protein synthesis by monocytes. Both the enhanced growth-promoting activity and protein synthesis are inhibited by cycloheximide. Thus, fibronectin-monocyte interactions may influence the production of growth-promoting activity by monocytes and contribute to fibroblast and smooth-muscle replication in wound healing, chronic inflammation and atherosclerosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-373
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983


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