Aliases for KLK3 Gene
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Previous Symbols for KLK3 Gene
Kallikreins are a subgroup of serine proteases having diverse physiological functions. Growing evidence suggests that many kallikreins are implicated in carcinogenesis and some have potential as novel cancer and other disease biomarkers. This gene is one of the fifteen kallikrein subfamily members located in a cluster on chromosome 19. Its protein product is a protease present in seminal plasma. It is thought to function normally in the liquefaction of seminal coagulum, presumably by hydrolysis of the high molecular mass seminal vesicle protein. Serum level of this protein, called PSA in the clinical setting, is useful in the diagnosis and monitoring of prostatic carcinoma. Alternate splicing of this gene generates several transcript variants encoding different isoforms. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for KLK3 Gene
KLK3 (Kallikrein-Related Peptidase 3) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with KLK3 include nodular prostate and urethral stricture. Among its related pathways are Pathways in cancer and Collagen biosynthesis and modifying enzymes. GO annotations related to this gene include serine-type endopeptidase activity and serine-type peptidase activity. An important paralog of this gene is KLK12.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for KLK3 Gene
Hydrolyzes semenogelin-1 thus leading to the liquefaction of the seminal coagulum