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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2003 Jun;4(6):479-89.

Fibulins: a versatile family of extracellular matrix proteins.

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  • 1Laboratory of Protein Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, D-82152 Martinsried, Germany.


Fibulins are a newly recognized family of extracellular matrix proteins. The five known members of the family share an elongated structure and many calcium-binding sites, owing to the presence of tandem arrays of epidermal growth factor-like domains. They have overlapping binding sites for several basement-membrane proteins, tropoelastin, fibrillin, fibronectin and proteoglycans, and they participate in diverse supramolecular structures. New insights into their biological roles are now emerging from studies of transgenic mice and of some inherited human diseases.

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