Minireview: Syndecans and their crucial roles during tissue regeneration

Heesung Chung, Hinke A.B. Multhaupt, Eok Soo Oh, John R. Couchman

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Syndecans are transmembrane heparan sulfate proteoglycans, with roles in development, tumorigenesis and inflammation, and growing evidence for involvement in tissue regeneration. This is a fast developing field with the prospect of utilizing tissue engineering and biomaterials in novel therapies. Syndecan receptors are not only ubiquitous in mammalian tissues, regulating cell adhesion, migration, proliferation, and differentiation through independent signaling but also working alongside other receptors. Their importance is highlighted by an ability to interact with a diverse array of ligands, including extracellular matrix glycoproteins, growth factors, morphogens, and cytokines that are important regulators of regeneration. We also discuss the potential for syndecans to regulate stem cell properties, and suggest that understanding these proteoglycans is relevant to exploiting cell, tissue, and materials technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2408-2417
Number of pages10
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
HC and ESO were supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea Government (MSIP; Grant No. 2014K1A3A7A03075056 to ESO).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Federation of European Biochemical Societies


  • extracellular matrix
  • growth factor
  • syndecan


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