DISINHomologues of snake disintegrins
|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:
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