The protein encoded by this gene is a member of the platelet-derived growth factor/vascular endothelial growth factor (PDGF/VEGF) family, is active in angiogenesis and endothelial cell growth, and can also affect the permeability of blood vessels. This secreted protein undergoes a complex proteolytic maturation, generating multiple processed forms which bind and activate VEGFR-3 receptors. Only the fully processed form can bind and activate VEGFR-2 receptors. This protein is structurally and functionally similar to vascular endothelial growth factor D.
Protein Aliases: Flt4 ligand; FLT4 ligand DHM; Flt4-L; Vascular endothelial growth factor C; Vascular endothelial growth factor-related protein; VEGF-C; VEGF3; VRP
Gene Aliases: Flt4-L; LMPH1D; VEGFC; VRP
UniProt ID: (Human) P49767
Entrez Gene ID: (Human) 7424
Molecular Function: growth factor