Matricellular proteins (MCPs) are actively expressed non-structural proteins present in the extracellular matrix, which rapidly turnover and possess regulatory roles, as well as mediate cell–cell interactions. MCPs characteristically contain binding sites for other extracellular proteins, cell surface receptors, growth factors, cytokines and proteases, that provide structural support for surrounding cells. MCPs are present in most organs, including brain, and play a major role in cell–cell interactions and tissue repair. Among the MCPs found in brain include thrombospondin-1/2, secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine family (SPARC), including Hevin/SC1, Tenascin C and CYR61/Connective Tissue Growth Factor/Nov family of proteins, glypicans, galectins, plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1), autotaxin, fibulin and perisostin. This review summarizes the potential role of MCPs in the pathogenesis of major neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ischemia, trauma, hepatic encephalopathy, Down’s syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, brain neoplasms, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. Potential therapeutic opportunities of MCP’s for these disorders are also considered in this review.
- Cell–cell interaction
- Matricellular proteins
- Neurological disorders
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience