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Curr Chem Biol. 2009 May 1;3(2):138-145.

S100A1: Structure, Function, and Therapeutic Potential.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 108 N. Greene St., Baltimore, Maryland, 21201.


S100A1 is a member of the S100 family of calcium-binding proteins. As with most S100 proteins, S100A1 undergoes a large conformational change upon binding calcium as necessary to interact with numerous protein targets. Targets of S100A1 include proteins involved in calcium signaling (ryanidine receptors 1 & 2, Serca2a, phopholamban), neurotransmitter release (synapsins I & II), cytoskeletal and filament associated proteins (CapZ, microtubules, intermediate filaments, tau, mocrofilaments, desmin, tubulin, F-actin, titin, and the glial fibrillary acidic protein GFAP), transcription factors and their regulators (e.g. myoD, p53), enzymes (e.g. aldolase, phosphoglucomutase, malate dehydrogenase, glycogen phosphorylase, photoreceptor guanyl cyclases, adenylate cyclases, glyceraldehydes-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, twitchin kinase, Ndr kinase, and F1 ATP synthase), and other Ca2+-activated proteins (annexins V & VI, S100B, S100A4, S100P, and other S100 proteins). There is also a growing interest in developing inhibitors of S100A1 since they may be beneficial for treating a variety of human diseases including neurological diseases, diabetes mellitus, heart failure, and several types of cancer. The absence of significant phenotypes in S100A1 knockout mice provides some early indication that an S100A1 antagonist could have minimal side effects in normal tissues. However, development of S100A1-mediated therapies is complicated by S100A1's unusual ability to function as both an intracellular signaling molecule and as a secreted protein. Additionally, many S100A1 protein targets have only recently been identified, and so fully characterizing both these S100A1-target complexes and their resulting functions is a necessary prerequisite.

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