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  • DISIN

    Homologues of snake disintegrins
    DISIN
    SMART accession number:SM00050
    Description: Snake disintegrins inhibit the binding of ligands to integrin receptors. They contain a 'RGD' sequence, identical to the recognition site of many adhesion proteins. Molecules containing both disintegrin and metalloprotease domains are known as ADAMs.
    Interpro abstract (IPR001762):

    Disintegrins are a family of small proteins from viper venoms that function as potent inhibitors of both platelet aggregation and integrin-dependent cell adhesion [(PUBMED:15578957), (PUBMED:15974889)]. Integrin receptors are involved in cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions, serving as the final common pathway leading to aggregation via formation of platelet-platelet bridges, which are essential in thrombosis and haemostasis. Disintegrins contain an RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) or KGD (Lys-Gly-Asp) sequence motif that binds specifically to integrin IIb-IIIa receptors on the platelet surface, thereby blocking the binding of fibrinogen to the receptor-glycoprotein complex of activated platelets. Disintegrins act as receptor antagonists, inhibiting aggregation induced by ADP, thrombin, platelet-activating factor and collagen [(PUBMED:12050803)]. The role of disintegrin in preventing blood coagulation renders it of medical interest, particularly with regard to its use as an anti-coagulant [(PUBMED:16918409)].

    Disintegrins from different snake species have been characterised: albolabrin, applagin, barbourin, batroxostatin, bitistatin, obtustatin [(PUBMED:12742023)], schistatin [(PUBMED:16101289)], echistatin [(PUBMED:15535803)], elegantin, eristicophin, flavoridin [(PUBMED:14499613)], halysin, kistrin, tergeminin, salmosin [(PUBMED:14661951)] and triflavin.

    Disintegrin-like proteins are found in various species ranging from slime mold to humans. Some other proteins known to contain a disintegrin domain are:

    • Some snake venom zinc metalloproteinases [(PUBMED:15962120)] consist of an N-terminal catalytic domain fused to a disintegrin domain. Such is the case for trimerelysin I (HR1B), atrolysin-e (Ht-e) and trigramin. It has been suggested that these proteinases are able to cleave themselves from the disintegrin domains and that the latter may arise from such a post-translational processing.
    • The beta-subunit of guinea pig sperm surface protein PH30 [(PUBMED:1552944)]. PH30 is a protein involved in sperm-egg fusion. The beta subunit contains a disintegrin at the N-terminal extremity.
    • Mammalian epididymial apical protein 1 (EAP I) [(PUBMED:1417724)]. EAP I is associated with the sperm membrane and may play a role in sperm maturation. Structurally, EAP I consists of an N-terminal domain, followed by a zinc metalloproteinase domain, a disintegrin domain, and a large C-terminal domain that contains a transmembrane region.
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    There are 4128 DISIN domains in 4096 proteins in SMART's nrdb database.

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