Villin is part of cytoskeleton associated with the microvillar actin core bundle of gastrointestinal and renal brush border. It can interact with actin in a Ca2+ and phosphoinositide-regulated manner. Villin is a very specific marker for adenocarcinomas of the gastrointestinal tract and the pancreas. It is also expressed in some Merkel cell tumor and adenocarcinoma of the lung, prostate, ovarian and kidney.
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Protein Aliases: OTTHUMP00000207159; Villin-1
Gene Aliases: VIL; VIL1