Cell Interactions with Extracellular Matrix during Perinatal Development of Myocardium

  • Jane-Lyse Samuel
  • Philippe Ratajczak
  • Lydie Rappaport
Part of the Progress in Experimental Cardiology book series (PREC, volume 4)


Cardiac morphogenesis is dependent on the coordinated and programmed expression of cell surface receptors that can mediate interactions of cells with extracellular matrix (ECM) components, which in turn promote either cell adhesion or migration and determine the phenotype. Besides, the role of the membrane receptors as anchoring proteins for cytoskeleton appears prominent, the complex being implicated in different intracellular signaling cascades. A broad range of cellular processes involved in ontogenesis including, cell proliferation, growth and differentiation depend on cytokines but also on the nature of ECM components, ECM-activated receptors, induced alterations in cytoskeleton elements and transducing signals.

During perinatal myocardial growth, cardiomyocytes rapidly loose their ability to multiply and they hypertrophy, fibroblasts proliferate; the composition of the interstitial tissue varies and accompanies the remodeling of the arterial wall. It is not clear yet at which extend the expression of adhesive proteins such as fibronectin, laminin, cell surface receptors, (integrins and dystroglycans), and cytoskeleton associated proteins (vinculin, FAK, dystrophin) is coordinated and programmed in myocardium during the perinatal period of growth. We’ll review the present knowledge concerning the expression of some of these proteins during perinatal cardiac growth.

Key words

fibronectin integrins desmin laminin heart 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane-Lyse Samuel
    • 1
  • Philippe Ratajczak
    • 1
  • Lydie Rappaport
    • 1
  1. 1.Unité 127 INSERM, IFR Circulation, Université D DiderotHôpital LariboisièreParisFrance

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