Communication between integrin receptors facilitates epicardial cell adhesion and matrix organization

Hyun Pae So, Danijela Dokic, Robert W. Dettman

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Formation of the epicardium requires interactions between α4β1 integrin, and the extracellular matrix. We investigated the role of other integrins expressed by epicardial cells. We detected transcripts for α5, α8, αv, β1, β3, and β5 integrins in the chick proepicardial organ (PE). We demonstrate that α5β1, α 8β1, and αvβ3 integrins are expressed by chick epicardial mesothelial cells (EMCs). Migration of EMCs in vitro was reduced by RGD-containing peptides. Using adenoviruses expressing an antisense to chick α4 (AdGFPα4AS), full-length (Adhα4V5), and C-terminal deleted α4 (Adhα4ΔCV5), we found that EMCs were less able to adhere to vitronectin and fibronectin120 indicating that α 4β1 plays a role in regulating EMC adhesion to ligands of α5β1, α8β 1, and αvβ3. In Adhα4Δ CV5-infected EMCs, α5β1 was diminished in fibrillar adhesions and new FN matrix assembly was abnormal. We propose that cooperation between α4β1 and RGD integrins is important for EMC adhesion and subepicardial matrix formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)962-978
Number of pages17
JournalDevelopmental Dynamics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Cell adhesion
  • Coronary artery
  • Epicardium
  • Fibrillar adhesions
  • Fibronectin
  • Integrin
  • Vitronectin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology


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