Aliases for GRN Gene
External Ids for GRN Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for GRN Gene
Granulins are a family of secreted, glycosylated peptides that are cleaved from a single precursor protein with 7.5 repeats of a highly conserved 12-cysteine granulin/epithelin motif. The 88 kDa precursor protein, progranulin, is also called proepithelin and PC cell-derived growth factor. Cleavage of the signal peptide produces mature granulin which can be further cleaved into a variety of active, 6 kDa peptides. These smaller cleavage products are named granulin A, granulin B, granulin C, etc. Epithelins 1 and 2 are synonymous with granulins A and B, respectively. Both the peptides and intact granulin protein regulate cell growth. However, different members of the granulin protein family may act as inhibitors, stimulators, or have dual actions on cell growth. Granulin family members are important in normal development, wound healing, and tumorigenesis. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for GRN Gene
GRN (Granulin) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with GRN include frontotemporal lobar degeneration with ubiquitin-positive inclusions and ceroid lipofuscinosis, neuronal, 11. Among its related pathways are Integrated Breast Cancer Pathway. GO annotations related to this gene include poly(A) RNA binding and growth factor activity.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for GRN Gene
Granulins have possible cytokine-like activity. They may play a role in inflammation, wound repair, and tissue remodeling.
Granulin-4 promotes proliferation of the epithelial cell line A431 in culture while granulin-3 acts as an antagonist to granulin-4, inhibiting the growth.