Zinc-dependent metalloprotease, ADAMTS_like subgroup. ADAMs (A Disintegrin And Metalloprotease) are glycoproteins, which play roles in cell signaling, cell fusion, and cell-cell interactions. This particular subfamily represents domain architectures that combine ADAM-like metalloproteinases with thrombospondin type-1 repeats. ADAMTS (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs) proteinases are inhibited by TIMPs (tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases), and they play roles in coagulation, angiogenesis, development and progression of arthritis. They hydrolyze the von Willebrand factor precursor and various components of the extracellular matrix.