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A Biological Role and Function of Proteoglycans

Lena Linda, School of Dentistry, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, E-mail:

Received: December 04, 2021; Accepted: December 20, 2021; Published: December 29, 2021

Citation: Linda L. A Biological Role and Function of Proteoglycans. Macromol Ind J. 2021;14(3):123.


Proteoglycans are glycosylated proteins which have covalently joined exceedingly anionic glycosaminoglycan. Numerous shapes of proteoglycans are show in essentially all extracellular frameworks of connective tissues. The major natural work of proteoglycans infers from the physicochemical characteristics of the glycosaminoglycan component of the atom, which gives hydration and swelling weight to the tissue empowering it to resist compressional strengths. This work is best outlined by the foremost copious proteoglycan in cartilage tissues, aggrecan. Amid the past decade, differing species of proteoglycans have been recognized in numerous connective tissues, on cell surfaces and in intracellular compartments.


Proteoglycan; Glycosylated; Glycosaminoglycan; Cell surfaces


Proteoglycans speak to an assorted family of glycosylated proteins which contain sulfated polysaccharides (glycosaminoglycans) as a vital constituent. Proteoglycans are synthesized by most eukaryotic cells and are display in for all intents and purposes all mammalian tissues. Different structures of proteoglycans found in several tissue areas reflect their unique biological properties. Physical characteristics and biological functions of proteoglycans are directed by the physicochemical nature of the emphatically anionic glycosaminoglycan component and by the structure of center proteins. Highly negatively charged glycosaminoglycans draw in counter-ions and water molecules within the tissues, in this way investing proteoglycans with their one of kind physical characteristics of hydration and versatility to compressional powers. Glycosaminoglycans can also interact with a huge assortment of macromolecules based on their negative charge and basic adaptation, which are critical for more particular natural capacities of proteoglycans. The reason of this paper is to talk about structures and functions of proteoglycans in common, and to depict properties of generally well considered proteoglycans found in various connective tissues. Proteoglycans have long been considered to have organic parts as an dormant ground substance filling the extracellular network of connective tissues. This article emphasizes more on later considers which have distinguished assorted shapes of proteoglycans and illustrated new, exciting capacities for these particles. Amazing audit articles have showed up elewhere, and give additional information on diverse perspectives of proteoglycan structure and work [1].

Virtually each mammalian cell has heparan sulfate proteoglycans as a plasma layer component. They are intercalated into the plasma film either through a transmembrane space in their center protein, or by means of a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) membrane anchor. There are moreover a few heparan sulfate proteoglycans that are display on the cell surface indirectly related with other cell surface particles. The ubiquitous nearness of cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycans proposes inclusion of this lesson of proteoglycans in different essential cell capacities, in spite of the fact that their functions are still to a great extent obscure. Heparan sulfate chains connected with numerous atoms such as development variables, cytokines, extracellular framework proteins, chemicals and protease inhibitor [2].

This capacity, alongside their cell surface localization, has driven to the theory that they are included in such diverse capacities as cell-extracellular framework interactions, cell-cell intuitive, cell grip and various others. Recent considers, appearing that heparin sulfate is required for the tall fondness authoritative of fibroblast development components to their specific cell surface receptors, for the contamination by human immunodeficiency viruse3 and herpes simplex virus,64 have just scratched the surface of the assorted capacities of cell surface heparin sulfate proteoglycans.

The proteoglycans examined over speak to major species show in most connective tissues. Later thinks about have identified a number of less plenteous proteoglycans in many tissues, and the list is developing. In spite of the fact that the amounts of these proteoglycans are less when compared with those of the major species, their natural capacities are by no means trivial. Numerous shapes of proteoglycans have been distinguished in a wide assortment of tissues. In spite of the fact that the precise biological functions of proteoglycans and their direction in each circumstance are still to a great extent obscure, these particles must be participating in exercises well-suited for their areas. With rapid propels in biotechnology and the proceeded excitement in proteoglycan investigate, energizing modern proteoglycans will be uncovered within the future [3].