Modulation of turkey myogenic satellite cell differentiation through the shedding of glypican-1

Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol. 2013 Jan;164(1):36-43. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2012.10.007. Epub 2012 Oct 12.


Glypican-1 is a cell membrane heparan sulfate proteoglycan. It is composed of a core protein with covalently attached glycosaminoglycan, and N-linked glycosylated (N-glycosylated) chains, and is attached to the cell membrane by a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) linkage. Glypican-1 plays a key role in the growth and development of muscle by regulating fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2). The GPI anchor of glypican-1 can be cleaved, resulting in glypican-1 being secreted or shed into the extracellular matrix environment. The objective of the current study was to investigate the role of glypican-1 shedding and the glycosaminoglycan and N-glycosylated chains in regulating the differentiation of turkey myogenic satellite cells. A glypican-1 construct without the GPI anchor was cloned into the mammalian expression vector pCMS-EGFP, and glypican-1 without the GPI anchor and glycosaminoglycan and N-glycosylated chains were also cloned. These constructs were co-transfected into turkey myogenic satellite cells with a small interference RNA targeting the GPI anchor of endogenous glypican-1. The soluble glypican-1 mutants were not detected in the satellite cells but in the cell medium, suggesting the secretion of the soluble glypican-1 mutants. Soluble glypican-1 increased satellite cell differentiation and enhanced myotube formation in the presence of exogenous FGF2. The increase in differentiation was supported by the elevated expression of myogenin. In conclusion, the shedding of glypican-1 from the satellite cell surface acts as a positive regulator of satellite cell differentiation and sequesters FGF2, permitting further differentiation.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blotting, Western
  • Cell Differentiation*
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Culture Media / metabolism
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 / pharmacology
  • Genetic Vectors / genetics
  • Genetic Vectors / metabolism
  • Glycosaminoglycans / metabolism
  • Glycosylation
  • Glycosylphosphatidylinositols / metabolism
  • Glypicans / genetics
  • Glypicans / metabolism*
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / metabolism
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Male
  • Muscle Development
  • Muscle Fibers, Skeletal / cytology
  • Muscle Fibers, Skeletal / metabolism
  • MyoD Protein / genetics
  • MyoD Protein / metabolism
  • Myogenin / genetics
  • Myogenin / metabolism
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • RNA, Small Interfering / genetics
  • RNA, Small Interfering / metabolism
  • Satellite Cells, Skeletal Muscle / cytology*
  • Satellite Cells, Skeletal Muscle / drug effects
  • Satellite Cells, Skeletal Muscle / metabolism
  • Solubility
  • Transcription, Genetic
  • Transfection / methods
  • Turkeys / genetics
  • Turkeys / growth & development*
  • Turkeys / metabolism


  • Culture Media
  • Glycosaminoglycans
  • Glycosylphosphatidylinositols
  • Glypicans
  • MyoD Protein
  • Myogenin
  • RNA, Small Interfering
  • enhanced green fluorescent protein
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins