Radioimmunoassay of the carboxyterminal propeptide of human type I procollagen has been recently introduced to measure in vitro synthesis of type I collagen by osteoblasts and fibroblasts. However, it has not been assessed whether the equivalent results are obtained with this new assay and with tritiated proline incorporation to collagen protein. To this purpose, both methods were used to quantify synthesis of type I collagen in normal human osteoblast cultures to which fetal calf serum and human serum were added in order to stimulate protein synthesis. A positive correlation in the results obtained by both methods was obtained (r = 0.95, P = 0.0001). Given the technical advantages of detection of levels to carboxyterminal propeptide of type I procollagen, we consider that this is the technique of choice for the quantification of in vitro synthesis of type I collagen by normal human osteoblasts.
- Carboxyterminal propeptide
- Collagen protein
- Procollagen type I
- Tritiated proline incorporation
- Type I collagen synthesis