CCN2 is necessary for adhesive responses to transforming growth factor-beta1 in embryonic fibroblasts.
CCN2 is induced by transforming growth factor-beta (TGFbeta) in fibroblasts and is overexpressed in connective tissue disease. CCN2 has been proposed to be a downstream mediator of TGFbeta action in fibroblasts; however, the role of CCN2 in regulating this process unclear. By using embryonic fibroblasts isolated from ccn2-/- mice, we showed that CCN2 is required for a subset of responses to TGFbeta. Affymetrix genome-wide expression profiling revealed that 942 transcripts were induced by TGFb...Expand abstract
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