Aliases for SPDEF Gene
External Ids for SPDEF Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for SPDEF Gene
The protein encoded by this gene belongs to the ETS family of transcription factors. It is highly expressed in the prostate epithelial cells, and functions as an androgen-independent transactivator of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) promoter. Higher expression of this protein has also been reported in brain, breast, lung and ovarian tumors, compared to the corresponding normal tissues, and it shows better tumor-association than other cancer-associated molecules, making it a more suitable target for developing specific cancer therapies. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Nov 2011]
GeneCards Summary for SPDEF Gene
SPDEF (SAM Pointed Domain Containing ETS Transcription Factor) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with SPDEF include Prostate Cancer. Among its related pathways are Regulation of Androgen receptor activity. GO annotations related to this gene include transcription factor activity, sequence-specific DNA binding and RNA polymerase II transcription factor activity, sequence-specific DNA binding. An important paralog of this gene is ELF4.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for SPDEF Gene
May function as an androgen-independent transactivator of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) promoter. Binds to 5-GGAT-3 DNA sequences. May play a role in the regulation of the prostate gland and/or prostate cancer development. Acts as a transcriptional activator for SERPINB5 promoter.