Saudi pharmaceutical journal : SPJ : the official publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society 2017 04 2825(4) 498-503 doi 10.1016/j.jsps.2017.04.013

The injured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is deemed to exhibit an impaired healing response and attempts at surgical repair have not been successful. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is reported to be associated with wound healing, probably through transforming growth factor beta1 (TGF-β1).

A rabbit ACL injury model was used to study the effect of CTGF on ligament recovery. Quantitative real-time PCR was performed for detection of changes in RNA levels of TGF-β1, type 1 collagen (COL-I), type 2 collagen (COL-II), SRY-related high mobility group-box gene9 (Sox9), metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) as well as matrix metallopeptidase 13 (MMP-13). And expression of related proteins was detected by western blotting.

The current study showed that CTGF could promote the recovery of inured anterior cruciate ligament. It can up-regulate the mRNA and expression of TGF-β1, COL-I, COL-II, Sox9, as well as the tissue inhibitor of TIMP-1, and down-regulated the mRNA and expression of MMP-13, suggesting the curative effect of CTGF on injured rabbit ligament is through regulating these cellular factors.

This finding revealed the mechanism of CTFG’s healing role in injured tissues and provided new possibilities of treating injured tissues and wound healing by using CTFG.