Real-time RT-PCR analyses of desmin (Des), vimentin (Vim) and E-cadherin (E-cad) in wild type (wt) and α8 integrin-deficient (α8-/-) mesangial cells (MCs) and freshly isolated vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). For E-cadherin expression in MCs, a positive control (liver cells) was used. Results are representative for at least 3 similar experiments. Data are means ± sd. * p < 0.05 vs. wt.