The protein encoded by this gene is a homodimeric integral membrane gelatinase belonging to the serine protease family. It is selectively expressed in reactive stromal fibroblasts of epithelial cancers, granulation tissue of healing wounds, and malignant cells of bone and soft tissue sarcomas. This protein is thought to be involved in the control of fibroblast growth or epithelial-mesenchymal interactions during development, tissue repair, and epithelial carcinogenesis.
170 kDa melanoma membrane-bound gelatinase; Dipeptidyl peptidase FAP; FAPalpha; Fibroblast activation protein alpha; fibroblast activation protein, alpha; Gelatine degradation protease FAP; Integral membrane serine protease; Post-proline cleaving enzyme; Prolyl endopeptidase FAP; Seprase; Serine integral membrane protease; SIMP; Surface-expressed protease
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