Fibrosis is attributed to excess deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins including collagen and is associated with various organ dysfunction. This excessive ECM is produced by myofibroblasts, which are differentiated from various cells by a variety of stimuli, represented by TGF-β. However, molecular mechanisms for the regulation of ECM production in myofibroblasts remain obscure. In this study, we demonstrate that the expression of drebrin, which binds to and increases the stability of actin filament in neurons, is increased in mouse hearts and lungs upon fibrosis. Drebrin is mainly expressed in myofibroblasts in the fibrotic hearts and lungs and promotes the expression of fibrosis-related genes, such as Acta2 and Col1a1. Taken together, our study identifies drebrin as a molecule that promotes the production of fibrosis-related genes in myofibroblasts.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 20 2020|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology