Interferon-gamma inhibits 35S incorporation in heparan sulfate synthesized by human skin fibroblasts

FEBS Lett. 1996 Jun 3;387(2-3):109-12. doi: 10.1016/0014-5793(96)00468-1.


Glycosaminoglycans synthesized by human skin fibroblasts were simultaneously radiolabelled with D-[1-(3H)]glucosamine and Na2(35)SO4. Considering 3H incorporation, we found that IFNgamma increased the production of glycosaminoglycan synthesis, including hyaluronic acid, heparan and chondroitin/dermatan sulfate. In contrast, the production of heparan and chondroitin/dermatan sulfate was slightly decreased on the basis of the 35S signal. Furthermore, when heparan sulfate was treated with nitrous acid, the release of free 35S was greater in control than in treated cells, although the 3H patterns of depolymerization with this agent were similar. These data demonstrate that IFNgamma inhibits the incorporation of sulfate from extracellular medium into heparan sulfate.

MeSH terms

  • Cells, Cultured
  • Child
  • Fibroblasts / cytology
  • Fibroblasts / drug effects
  • Fibroblasts / metabolism*
  • Heparitin Sulfate / biosynthesis*
  • Heparitin Sulfate / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Interferon-gamma / pharmacology*
  • Nitrous Acid / pharmacology
  • Skin / cytology
  • Skin / drug effects
  • Skin / metabolism*
  • Sulfates / metabolism*
  • Sulfur Radioisotopes / metabolism
  • Tritium / metabolism


  • Sulfates
  • Sulfur Radioisotopes
  • Tritium
  • Interferon-gamma
  • Heparitin Sulfate
  • Nitrous Acid