May be a guanine exchange factor (GEF) for Rab21, Rab32 and Rab38 and regulate endosome dynamics (PubMed:16525121, PubMed:18477474). May regulate the participation of VAMP7 in membrane fusion events; in vitro inhibits VAMP7-mediated SNARE complex formation by trapping VAMP7 in a closed, fusogenically inactive conformation (PubMed:23104059). Involved in peripheral melanosomal distribution of TYRP1 in melanocytes; the function, which probably is implicating vesicle-trafficking, includes cooperation with Rab32, Rab38 and VAMP7. Involved in the regulation of neurite growth; the function seems to require its GEF activity, probably towards Rab21, and VAMP7 but not Rab32/38. Proposed to be involved in Golgi sorting of VAMP7 and transport of VAMP7 vesicles to the cell surface; the function seems to implicate kinesin heavy chain isoform 5 proteins, GOLGA4, RAB21 and MACF1 (PubMed:22705394). Required for the colocalization of VAMP7 and Rab21, probably on TGN sites (PubMed:19745841). Involved in GLUT1 endosome-to-plasma membrane trafficking; the function is dependent of association with VPS29 (PubMed:24856514). Regulates the proper trafficking of melanogenic enzymes TYR, TYRP1 and DCT/TYRP2 to melanosomes in melanocytes. [UniProt]
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Protein Aliases: ankyrin repeat domain 27 (VPS9 domain); Ankyrin repeat domain-containing protein 27; Vps9 domain and ankyrin-repeat-containing protein; VPS9 domain-containing protein; VPS9-ankyrin-repeat protein
Gene Aliases: ANKRD27; PP12899; VARP
UniProt ID: (Human) Q96NW4
Entrez Gene ID: (Human) 84079