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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2005 May 25;1723(1-3):8-18. Epub 2005 Jan 21.

The multifunctional family of secreted proteins containing a C-type lectin-like domain linked to a short N-terminal peptide.

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INSERM U.624, Stress Cellulaire, 163 Avenue de Luminy, Case 915, Parc Scientifique et Technologique de Luminy, 13288 Marseille Cedex 9, France. iovanna@marseille.inserm.fr

Abstract

PSP/Lithostathine/PTP/regI, PAP/p23/HIP, reg1L, regIV and "similar to PAP" are the members of a multifunctional family of secreted proteins containing a C-type lectin-like domain linked to a short N-terminal peptide. The expression of this group of proteins is controlled by complex mechanisms, some members being constitutively expressed in certain tissues while, in others, they require activation by several factors. These members have several apparently unrelated biological effects, depending on the member studied and the target cell. These proteins may act as mitogenic, antiapoptotic or anti-inflammatory factors, can regulate cellular adhesion, promote bacterial aggregation, inhibit CaCO3 crystal growth or increase resistance to antitumoral agents. The presence of specific receptors for these proteins is suggested because biological effects were observed after the addition of purified protein to culture media or after systemic administration to animals, whereas other biological effects could be explained by their biochemical capacity to form homo or heteromers or to form insoluble fibrils at physiological pH.

PMID:
15715980
DOI:
10.1016/j.bbagen.2005.01.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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