Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 315–330 | Cite as

Update on the role of molecular factors and fibroblasts in the pathogenesis of Dupuytren’s disease

  • Massimiliano Tripoli
  • Adriana Cordova
  • Francesco Moschella


The mechanism by which the fibroblast is able to trigger palmar fibromatosis is still not yet fully understood. It would appear certain that the “abnormal” fibroblasts continuously synthesise profibrotic cytokines which are able to determine the activation to myofibroblasts, to stimulate them to the further proliferation and synthesis of other cytokines, to modify the cells’ differentiation and ultrastructural characteristics, as well as the production of matrix and other proteins. Several fibroblast growth factors have been suggested to be responsible of an abnormal cell activation with an aberrantly elevated collagen synthesis and extracellular deposition in Dupuytren’s disease, as TGF-Beta, TNF-Alfa, PDGF, GM-CSF, free radicals, metalloproteinases, sex hormones, gene modified expression, mechanical stimulation. The Authors review the current state of knowledge in the field, by analyzing the role of these cytokines in the palmar fibromatosis.


Cytokines Fibroblast Dupuytren’s disease 


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  • Massimiliano Tripoli
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  • Adriana Cordova
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  • Francesco Moschella
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  1. 1.Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryPalermoItaly

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