Eustace, AD, McNaughton, EF, King, S, Kehoe, O, Kungl, A, Mattey, D, Nobbs, AH, Williams, N and Middleton, J (2019) Soluble syndecan-3 binds chemokines, reduces leukocyte migration in vitro and ameliorates disease severity in models of rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 21 (172). ISSN 1478-6362

[thumbnail of Eustace_et_al-2019-Arthritis_Research_&_Therapy.pdf]
Eustace_et_al-2019-Arthritis_Research_&_Therapy.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (1MB) | Preview
[thumbnail of Eustace_et_al-2019-Arthritis_Research_&_Therapy_Suppl.pdf]
Eustace_et_al-2019-Arthritis_Research_&_Therapy_Suppl.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (133kB) | Preview


Syndecans are heparan sulfate proteoglycans that occur in membrane-bound or soluble forms. Syndecan-3, the least well-characterised of the syndecan family, is highly expressed on synovial endothelial cells in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Here, it binds pro-inflammatory chemokines with evidence for a role in chemokine presentation and leukocyte trafficking into the joint, promoting the inflammatory response. In this study, we explored the role of soluble syndecan-3 as a binder of chemokines and as an anti-inflammatory and therapeutic molecule.

A human monocytic cell line and CD14+ PBMCs were utilised in both Boyden chamber and trans-endothelial migration assays. Soluble syndecan-3 was tested in antigen-induced and collagen-induced in vivo arthritis models in mice. ELISA and isothermal fluorescence titration assays assessed the binding affinities. Syndecan-3 expression was identified by flow cytometry and PCR, and levels of shedding by ELISA.

Using in vitro and in vivo models, soluble syndecan-3 inhibited leukocyte migration in vitro in response to CCL7 and its administration in murine models of rheumatoid arthritis reduced histological disease severity. Using isothermal fluorescence titration, the binding affinity of soluble syndecan-3 to inflammatory chemokines CCL2, CCL7 and CXCL8 was determined, revealing little difference, with Kds in the low nM range. TNFα increased cell surface expression and shedding of syndecan-3 from cultured human endothelial cells. Furthermore, soluble syndecan-3 occurred naturally in the sera of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and periodontitis, and its levels correlated with syndecan-1.

This study shows that the addition of soluble syndecan-3 may represent an alternative therapeutic approach in inflammatory disease.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the final published version of the article (version of record). It first appeared online via Springer Science and Business Media LLC at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animal model, Cell migration, Chemokines, Syndecan-3, Therapeutic
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 08:41
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 11:12

Actions (login required)

View Item
View Item