Characterization of human matrilin-3 (MATN3)

Genomics. 1998 Nov 1;53(3):391-4. doi: 10.1006/geno.1998.5519.


We have isolated a cDNA clone for human matrilin-3 from a cartilage-specific cDNA library. The polypeptide predicted from the nucleotide sequence of this clone shared 83% identity with matrilin-3 from mouse and 61% with that from chicken. It was composed of 486 amino acid residues that were arranged in seven domains: a signal peptide, a von Willebrand factor A domain, four EGF repeats, and an alpha-helical region. The gene for human matrilin-3 (MATN3) was assigned to chromosome region 2p24-p23. The corresponding mRNA of 2.8 kb was expressed in every type of cartilage investigated thus far. It was also produced in vitro by primary chondrocytes isolated from articular cartilage. However, dedifferentiated chondrocytes of the third passage did not express it at all. Matrilin-3 might therefore serve as a marker for the differentiation state of chondrocytes.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Cartilage / cytology
  • Cartilage / metabolism
  • Cell Differentiation / genetics
  • Chickens
  • Chondrocytes / cytology
  • Chondrocytes / metabolism
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 2 / genetics
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Complementary / genetics
  • Extracellular Matrix Proteins / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Matrilin Proteins
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Species Specificity
  • Tissue Distribution


  • DNA, Complementary
  • Extracellular Matrix Proteins
  • Matn3 protein, mouse
  • Matrilin Proteins

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AJ224741