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Investigation of age-related decline of microfibril-associated glycoprotein-1 in human skin through immunohistochemistry study

Authors Zheng Q, Chen S, Chen Y, Lyga J, Wyborksi R, Santhanam U

Received 23 July 2013

Accepted for publication 20 September 2013

Published 6 December 2013 Volume 2013:6 Pages 317—323

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S51958

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Qian Zheng, Siming Chen, Ying Chen, John Lyga, Russell Wyborski, Uma Santhanam

Global Research and Development, Avon Products Inc., Suffern, New York, USA

Abstract: During aging, the reduction of elastic and collagen fibers in dermis can lead to skin atrophy, fragility, and aged appearance, such as increased facial wrinkling and sagging. Microfibril-associated glycoprotein-1 (MAGP-1) is an extracellular matrix protein critical for elastic fiber assembly. It integrates and stabilizes the microfibril and elastin matrix network that helps the skin to endure mechanical stretch and recoil. However, the observation of MAGP-1 during skin aging and its function in the dermis has not been established. To better understand age-related changes in the dermis, we investigated MAGP-1 during skin aging and photoaging, using a combination of in vitro and in vivo studies. Gene expression by microarray was performed using human skin biopsies from young and aged female donors. In addition, immunofluorescence analysis on the MAGP-1 protein was performed in dermal fibroblast cultures and in human skin biopsies. Specific antibodies against MAGP-1 and fibrillin-1 were used to examine protein expression and extracellular matrix structure in the dermis via biopsies from donors of multiple age groups. A reduction of the MAGP-1 gene and protein levels were observed in human skin with increasing age and photoexposure, indicating a loss of the functional MAGP-1 fiber network and a lack of structural support in the dermis. Loss of MAGP-1 around the hair follicle/pore areas was also observed, suggesting a possible correlation between MAGP-1 loss and enlarged pores in aged skin. Our findings demonstrate that a critical “pre-elasticity” component, MAGP-1, declines with aging and photoaging. Such changes may contribute to age-related loss of dermal integrity and perifollicular structural support, which may lead to skin fragility, sagging, and enlarged pores.

Keywords: microfibril-associated glycoprotein-1, aging, elastic fibers, extracellular matrix, immumohistochemistry

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