Extracorporeal shockwave-induced expression of lubricin in tendons and septa

Cell Tissue Res. 2011 Nov;346(2):255-62. doi: 10.1007/s00441-011-1258-7. Epub 2011 Oct 19.


Lubricin, a lubricating glycoprotein that facilitates tendon gliding, is upregulated by mechanical as well as biochemical stimuli, prompting this study of its induction by extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT). The objective of this study was to characterize and quantify the effect of ESWT on lubricin expression in tendons and septa in a rat model. Hindlimbs of six rats were treated with low-dose ESWT and those of another six with high-dose ESWT, using contralateral limbs as controls. After 4 days, resected samples were processed for immunolocalization of lubricin using a purified monoclonal antibody. ESWT was found to increase lubricin expression in both low-dose and high-dose ESWT-treated tendons and also in septa. Lubricin expression generally increased with increasing dose of ESWT. Increased lubricin expression may contribute to the beneficial effects of ESWT in providing pain and symptom relief in musculoskeletal disorders by decreasing erosive wear.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Extracellular Matrix / metabolism
  • Glycoproteins / metabolism*
  • High-Energy Shock Waves*
  • Hindlimb / anatomy & histology*
  • Hindlimb / cytology
  • Hindlimb / metabolism
  • Intracellular Space / metabolism
  • Male
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Staining and Labeling
  • Tendons / cytology
  • Tendons / metabolism*


  • Glycoproteins
  • lubricin