The synthesis of collagen has been demonstrated in endothelial cells of Descemet's membrane isolated from rabbit cornea. Incorporation of [14C]proline and [14C]lysine into nondialyzable protein was measured in the medium and cell fraction after incubating Descemet's membrane for up to 5 hours. In the [14C]collagen synthesized by the endothelium, 15% of the hydroxy[14C]proline was present as the 3 isomer. About 98% of the hydroxy[14C]lysine in the 14C labeled protein found in the medium was glycosylated; 95% of the glycosylated hydroxy[14C]lysine was in the form of the disaccharide glucosyl galactosylhydroxy[14C]lysine. Time course experiments with [14C]proline indicated that there was a delay of about 60 min before significant amounts of [14C]collagen were secreted into the medium. The initial polypeptides of [14C]collagen synthesized by the corneal endothelium had an apparent molecular weight of 155,000. The chemical and physical properties of the [14C]collagen synthesized by rabbit corneal endothelium are consistent with those of basement membrane collagen synthesized by other cell types.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1976|