The heterogeneity of human fibroblasts as determined from the effects of hydrocortisone on cell growth and specific dexamethasone binding

Exp Cell Res. 1985 Jun;158(2):342-8. doi: 10.1016/0014-4827(85)90459-8.


To elucidate the heterogeneity of human fibroblasts from lung and skin, the effects of hydrocortisone on cell proliferation and the specific dexamethasone binding to cells were studied. Hydrocortisone at physiological concentrations stimulated the proliferation in three strains of human fetal lung fibroblasts and inhibited it in two strains. There are two kinds of fibroblasts in the human fetal lung in addition to the human skin fibroblasts reported previously. Dexamethasone-binding experiments showed that human fibroblasts may be classified into two groups with respect to the dissociation constant (Kd) of the binding reaction. The heterogeneity of human fibroblasts shown by Kd could not be correlated to classification on the basis of the effects of hydrocortisone on cell proliferation. The differences in Kd for the binding reactions suggest differences in donor tissues from which human fibroblasts are derived.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Division / drug effects
  • Cell Line
  • Dexamethasone / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Fibroblasts / cytology*
  • Fibroblasts / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Hydrocortisone / pharmacology*
  • Kinetics
  • Lung / cytology*
  • Lung / embryology
  • Pregnancy
  • Skin / cytology*


  • Dexamethasone
  • Hydrocortisone