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J Clin Invest
Specialized fibroblast differentiated states underlie scar formation in the infarcted mouse heart.
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COMP is a secreted pentameric glycoprotein built from modular units and belongs to the thrombospondin protein family. COMP is expressed by hypertrophic chondrocytes and osteoblasts during endochondral ossification, and its expression is increased during fracture healing. COMP is involved in the assembly of collagen fibrils and other structural matrix components. COMP interacts with a number of cartilage ECM proteins, including fibronectin, collagen I, II IX, XII, and XIV, matrilins, as well as proteoglycans such as aggrecan and others.