Adipose tissue of an organism plays a major role in regulating physiologic and pathologic processes such as metabolism and immunity by producing and secreting a variety of bioactive molecules termed adipokines. One highly conserved family of adipokines is adiponectin/ACRP30 and its structural and functional paralogs, the C1q/tumor necrosis factor-alpha-related proteins (CTRPs) 1-7. Unlike adiponectin, which is expressed exclusively by differentiated adipocytes, the CTRPs are expressed in a wide variety of tissues. An analysis of the crystal structure of adiponectin revealed a structural and evolutionary link between TNF and C1q-containing proteins, suggesting that these proteins arose from a common ancestral innate immunity gene. Multiple isoforms of human CTRP3 have been reported. It has been suggested that CTRP3 may play a role in skeletal development.
cartducin; cartonectin; Collagenous repeat-containing sequence 26 kDa protein; collagenous repeat-containing sequence of 26-kDa; Complement C1q tumor necrosis factor-related protein 3; CORS26; Secretory protein CORS26