This gene encodes a member of the ADAM (a disintegrin and metalloprotease domain) family. Members of this family are membrane-anchored proteins structurally related to snake venom disintegrins, and have been implicated in a variety of biological processes involving cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions, including fertilization, muscle development, and neurogenesis. The protein encoded by this gene may be involved in cell adhesion during neurodegeneration, and it is thought to be a target for allergic respiratory diseases, including asthma. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants.
a disintegrin and metalloproteinase domain 8; ADAM 8; CD156; CD156a; Cell surface antigen MS2; Disintegrin and metalloproteinase domain-containing protein 8; human leukocyte differentiation antigen; MGC134985; MS2
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