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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.


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.

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