EPHA8 belongs to the ephrin receptor subfamily of the protein-tyrosine kinase family. EPH and EPH-related receptors have been implicated in mediating developmental events, particularly in the nervous system. EPHA8 plays a role in short-range contact-mediated axonal guidance during development of the mammalian nervous system. Receptors in the EPH subfamily typically have a single kinase domain and an extracellular region containing a Cys-rich domain and 2 fibronectin type III repeats. The ephrin receptors are divided into 2 groups based on the similarity of their extracellular domain sequences and their affinities for binding ephrin-A and ephrin-B ligands.
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Protein Aliases: EK3; epa8; EPH- and ELK-related kinase; EPH- and ELK-related tyrosine kinase; EPH-like kinase 3; Ephrin type-A receptor 8; Ephrin type-A receptor 8 precursor (Tyrosine-protein kinase receptor EEK) (EPH-and ELK-related kinase); hydroxyaryl-protein kinase; protein-tyrosine kinase; Tyrosine-protein kinase receptor EEK; tyrosylprotein kinase
Gene Aliases: AW047546; EEK; EK3; EPHA8; HEK3; KIAA1459; mKIAA1459
Molecular Function: transmembrane signal receptor