TAX

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 TAX

 

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Connective tissue growth factor/hypertrophic chondrocyte-specific gene product 24 (CTGF/Hcs24/CCN2) is known as a multifunctional growth factor. It stimulates proliferation, migration, and extracellular matrix production of mesenchymal cells, and is highly expressed in hypertrophic chondrocytes. In this study, we constructed useful ELISA systems for the analysis of CTGF and its modular fragments. For this objective we prepared four different antihuman CTGF monoclonal antibodies. One, specific for the VWC module, was utilized as the detecting antibody, and the other three, recognizing CT, IGFBP, and VWC modules, respectively, were employed as capture antibodies. Then we established three novel quantitative analysis systems for CTGF. The first system recognizing CT and VWC modules was useful to measure full-length CTGF with improved sensitivity. Utilizing this system, we found significant enhancement of CTGF production from a human carcinoma cell line transduced by HTLV-I tax gene, where the finding indicates the possible involvement of Tax in carcinogenesis. The second system, seeing IGFBP and VWC modules, could quantify not only CTGF, but also may be useful to analyze processed N-terminal fragments. The third system, utilizing capture and detection antibodies against the VWC module, was able to quantify the VWC module only, while it did not recognize full-length CTGF. Since CTGF is actually processed into subfragments, and functional assignment of each module is of interest, these systems are expected to contribute to the progress of CTGF investigations.