Increased expression of the gene for the pro alpha 1(IV) chain of basement-membrane procollagen in cultured skin fibroblasts from two variants of osteogenesis imperfecta. Academic Article uri icon


  • Fibroblasts from two lethal variants of osteogenesis imperfecta were shown to synthesize increased amounts of type IV procollagen. Previous studies established that one of these variants had a non-functional allele for the pro alpha 2 chain of type I procollagen, whereas the other pro alpha 2(I) allele contained a mutation leading to synthesis of shortened pro alpha 2(I) chains. In the two variants, the relative level of mRNA for pro alpha 1(IV) was 31 and 42% of the level of mRNA for pro alpha 1(I) chains. A value of less than 2% was found for a third lethal and four non-lethal variants of osteogenesis imperfecta. Immunofluorescent staining of fibroblasts from the two variants synthesizing increased amounts of type IV procollagen indicated that a homogeneous population of cells synthesized both type IV and type I procollagen. The results suggest that mutations in the type I procollagen genes that result in osteogenesis imperfecta can be associated with increased expression of the genes for type IV procollagen.

published proceedings

  • Biochem J

author list (cited authors)

  • Pihlajaniemi, T., McKeon, J., Gay, S., Gay, R., de Wet, W. J., Myers, J. C., & Prockop, D. J.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Pihlajaniemi, T||McKeon, J||Gay, S||Gay, R||de Wet, WJ||Myers, JC||Prockop, DJ

publication date

  • January 1989