Serpins: Structure, function and molecular evolution. Int J Biochem Cell Biol

Division of Clinical Chemistry, Institute of Genetics, Queen's Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, NG7 2UH Nottingham, UK.
The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology (Impact Factor: 4.05). 12/2003; 35(11):1536-47. DOI: 10.1016/S1357-2725(03)00134-1
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The superfamily of serine proteinase inhibitors (serpins) are involved in a number of fundamental biological processes such as blood coagulation, complement activation, fibrinolysis, angiogenesis, inflammation and tumor suppression and are expressed in a cell-specific manner. The average protein size of a serpin family member is 350-400 amino acids, but gene structure varies in terms of number and size of exons and introns. Previous studies of all known serpins identified 16 clades and 10 orphan sequences. Vertebrate serpins can be conveniently classified into six sub-groups. We provide additional data that updates the phylogenetic analysis in the context of structural and functional properties of the proteins. From these, we can conclude that the functional classification of serpins relies on their protein structure and not on sequence similarity.

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    • "All catfish serpin genes were clustered into distinct families with their respective counterparts from other teleosts. Notably, serpinA8 appears to be significantly different from its family members as it is distantly related to the other genes in the serpinA subfamily, which is consistent with the observation reported in mammals (Atchley et al., 2001; van Gent et al., 2003). The annotation for several catfish serpin genes from serpinA, serpinB and serpinC subfamilies were Table 3 Copy numbers of serpin genes in several representative vertebrate genomes. "
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    • "The members of serpin superfamily have instrumental roles in a variety of physiological and cellular functions and are associated with the vertebrate blood coagulation cascade, complement activation, inflammation, programmed cell death, cell development, and fibrinolysis 1-3. Serpins are single domain proteins with an average size: 350-400 amino acids and molecular weights of 40-60 kDa 2-4. These proteins are classified into two functional categories - inhibitory (majority) such as antithrombin III 5, while some of them are non-inhibitory, which adopt other function than inhibitory roles such as angiotensinogen, which lost inhibition during vertebrate evolution 6. Serpins are thought to have evolved through gene duplication and divergence events, giving rise to a large number of serpin genes within an organism, each encoding a protein with a unique reactive center region and physiological function(s) 7. "
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