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Front Biosci (Elite Ed). 2010 Jun 1;2:857-60.

Smad anchor for receptor activation (SARA) in TGF-beta signaling.

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Department of Nephrology, Kidney institute, Central South University, the Second Xiangya Hospital, Changsha, China.

Abstract

Smad anchor for receptor activation (SARA) is known as Smad cofactor that interacts directly with Smad2/3 and functions to recruit Smad2/3 to the TGF-beta receptor. SARA plays an essential role in TGF-beta-induced Smad2 activation and it may modulate TGF-beta signaling through regulating the balance between Smad2 and Smad3. SARA also functions as an anchor for catalytic subunit of protein phosphatase 1 (PP1c) and maybe involved in the dephosphorylation of TGF-beta type I receptor (TbetaR-I) mediated by Smad7. The expression of SARA changes as the development of epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and fibrosis and it plays a critical role in the maintenance of epithelial cell phenotype. Modulation of SARA may provide a new therapeutic approach to TGF-beta-mediated EMT and fibrosis.

PMID:
20515759
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