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Aliases for VCAN Gene

Aliases for VCAN Gene

  • Versican 2 3 5
  • Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycan Core Protein 2 3 4
  • Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycan 2 2 4
  • Glial Hyaluronate-Binding Protein 3 4
  • Large Fibroblast Proteoglycan 3 4
  • Versican Proteoglycan 2 3
  • CSPG2 3 4
  • GHAP 3 4
  • PG-M 3 4
  • Versican Core Protein 3
  • ERVR 3
  • WGN1 3
  • WGN 3

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Previous HGNC Symbols for VCAN Gene

  • CSPG2

Previous GeneCards Identifiers for VCAN Gene

  • GC05P082804
  • GC05P077975

Summaries for VCAN Gene

Entrez Gene Summary for VCAN Gene

  • This gene is a member of the aggrecan/versican proteoglycan family. The protein encoded is a large chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan and is a major component of the extracellular matrix. This protein is involved in cell adhesion, proliferation, proliferation, migration and angiogenesis and plays a central role in tissue morphogenesis and maintenance. Mutations in this gene are the cause of Wagner syndrome type 1. Multiple transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Aug 2009]

GeneCards Summary for VCAN Gene

VCAN (Versican) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with VCAN include Wagner Syndrome 1 and Wagner Syndrome. Among its related pathways are Cell adhesion_Cell-matrix glycoconjugates and Metabolism. GO annotations related to this gene include calcium ion binding and extracellular matrix structural constituent. An important paralog of this gene is ACAN.

UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for VCAN Gene

  • May play a role in intercellular signaling and in connecting cells with the extracellular matrix. May take part in the regulation of cell motility, growth and differentiation. Binds hyaluronic acid.

Gene Wiki entry for VCAN Gene

No data available for Tocris Summary , PharmGKB "VIP" Summary , fRNAdb sequence ontologies and piRNA Summary for VCAN Gene

Genomics for VCAN Gene

Regulatory Elements for VCAN Gene

Enhancers for VCAN Gene
GeneHancer Identifier Enhancer Score Enhancer Sources Gene-Enhancer Score TSS distance (kb) Number of Genes Away Size (kb) Transcription Factor Binding Sites within enhancer Gene Targets for Enhancer
GH05F083368 1.3 FANTOM5 Ensembl ENCODE 15.7 -102.6 -102565 1.8 CTCF ZNF146 JUNB CEBPB RAD21 ZNF48 GATA2 SCRT2 HMBOX1 FOXP2 VCAN TMEM167A XRCC4 LOC105379053 GC05P083318
GH05F083306 1.5 FANTOM5 Ensembl ENCODE 13.1 -164.5 -164489 1.4 WRNIP1 BMI1 EBF1 RELA ZNF766 POLR2A CBX5 EED ETV6 NR2F6 VCAN LOC105379052 TMEM167A XRCC4 GC05P083318 GC05M083273
GH05F083376 1.2 FANTOM5 Ensembl ENCODE 11.4 -93.9 -93874 2.6 CEBPB FOS NFE2 RAD21 EP300 NFE2L2 VCAN TMEM167A XRCC4 LOC105379053 GC05P083318
GH05F083312 1.3 FANTOM5 Ensembl 10.1 -158.4 -158444 1.6 SPI1 VCAN XRCC4 TMEM167A GC05P083318 GC05M083273
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Enhancers around VCAN on UCSC Golden Path with GeneCards custom track

Promoters for VCAN Gene
Ensembl Regulatory Elements (ENSRs) TSS Distance (bp) Size (bp) Binding Sites for Transcription Factors within promoters
ENSR00001411329 1935 5201 PKNOX1 SIN3A FEZF1 ZNF2 ZNF143 FOS ZNF263 SP3 REST ZNF610

Genomic Location for VCAN Gene

83,471,465 bp from pter
83,582,303 bp from pter
110,839 bases
Plus strand

Genomic View for VCAN Gene

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Cytogenetic band:
VCAN Gene in genomic location: bands according to Ensembl, locations according to GeneLoc (and/or Entrez Gene and/or Ensembl if different)
Genomic Location for VCAN Gene
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RefSeq DNA sequence for VCAN Gene

Proteins for VCAN Gene

  • Protein details for VCAN Gene (UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot)

    Protein Symbol:
    Recommended name:
    Versican core protein
    Protein Accession:
    Secondary Accessions:
    • P20754
    • Q13010
    • Q13189
    • Q15123
    • Q9UCL9
    • Q9UNW5

    Protein attributes for VCAN Gene

    3396 amino acids
    Molecular mass:
    372820 Da
    Quaternary structure:
    • Interacts with FBLN1.

    Alternative splice isoforms for VCAN Gene


neXtProt entry for VCAN Gene

Post-translational modifications for VCAN Gene

  • Phosphorylated by FAM20C in the extracellular medium.
  • Glycosylation at Asn 57, Asn 330, Thr 518, Asn 615, Thr 632, Thr 642, Thr 687, Thr 716, Thr 751, Asn 782, Thr 799, Ser 801, Asn 809, Thr 869, Thr 886, Thr 981, Thr 1092, Ser 1103, Thr 1110, Thr 1116, Ser 1133, Thr 1191, Ser 1221, Asn 1332, Asn 1398, Thr 1418, Thr 1419, Asn 1442, Asn 1468, Thr 1566, Thr 1569, Asn 1663, Thr 1719, Thr 1731, Thr 1734, Ser 1742, Ser 1743, Thr 1744, Thr 1763, Thr 1769, Ser 1772, Thr 1777, Asn 1898, Ser 1909, Tyr 1917, Thr 1926, Ser 1942, Thr 2036, Ser 2058, Thr 2059, Thr 2063, Ser 2085, Thr 2152, Thr 2153, Asn 2179, Thr 2194, Ser 2203, Asn 2272, Asn 2280, Asn 2360, Asn 2385, Asn 2392, Thr 2416, Thr 2448, Ser 2455, Ser 2456, Thr 2457, Thr 2458, Ser 2473, Asn 2496, Thr 2503, Ser 2515, Thr 2516, Ser 2530, Thr 2531, Thr 2540, Asn 2628, Thr 2656, Ser 2661, Ser 2699, Thr 2701, Thr 2784, Asn 2934, Thr 3025, Ser 3029, Asn 3067, Asn 3369, and Asn 3379
  • Modification sites at PhosphoSitePlus

Antibody Products

No data available for DME Specific Peptides for VCAN Gene

Domains & Families for VCAN Gene

Suggested Antigen Peptide Sequences for VCAN Gene

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Graphical View of Domain Structure for InterPro Entry



  • Contains 1 C-type lectin domain.
  • Belongs to the aggrecan/versican proteoglycan family.
  • Contains 1 C-type lectin domain.
  • Contains 2 EGF-like domains.
  • Contains 1 Ig-like V-type (immunoglobulin-like) domain.
  • Contains 2 Link domains.
  • Contains 1 Sushi (CCP/SCR) domain.
  • Belongs to the aggrecan/versican proteoglycan family.
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Function for VCAN Gene

Molecular function for VCAN Gene

UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Function:
May play a role in intercellular signaling and in connecting cells with the extracellular matrix. May take part in the regulation of cell motility, growth and differentiation. Binds hyaluronic acid.

Gene Ontology (GO) - Molecular Function for VCAN Gene

GO ID Qualified GO term Evidence PubMed IDs
GO:0005201 extracellular matrix structural constituent IBA --
GO:0005509 calcium ion binding IEA --
GO:0005515 protein binding IPI 23601700
GO:0005539 glycosaminoglycan binding TAS 7528742
GO:0005540 hyaluronic acid binding IEA --
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Human Phenotype Ontology for VCAN Gene

HPO Id HPO Name Alternative Ids Definition Synonyms

Animal Models for VCAN Gene

MGI Knock Outs for VCAN:

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No data available for Enzyme Numbers (IUBMB) , Transcription Factor Targets and HOMER Transcription for VCAN Gene

Localization for VCAN Gene

Subcellular locations from UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for VCAN Gene

Secreted, extracellular space, extracellular matrix.

Subcellular locations from

Jensen Localization Image for VCAN Gene COMPARTMENTS Subcellular localization image for VCAN gene
Compartment Confidence
extracellular 5
golgi apparatus 4
lysosome 4
vacuole 4
cytoskeleton 2
cytosol 2
nucleus 2
plasma membrane 2
mitochondrion 1

Gene Ontology (GO) - Cellular Components for VCAN Gene

GO ID Qualified GO term Evidence PubMed IDs
GO:0005576 extracellular region IEA,TAS --
GO:0005578 proteinaceous extracellular matrix IEA --
GO:0005615 extracellular space IDA 20551380
GO:0005796 Golgi lumen TAS --
GO:0016020 membrane IDA 16210410
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Pathways & Interactions for VCAN Gene

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Gene Ontology (GO) - Biological Process for VCAN Gene

GO ID Qualified GO term Evidence PubMed IDs
GO:0001501 skeletal system development IBA --
GO:0001649 osteoblast differentiation IDA 16210410
GO:0007155 cell adhesion IEA --
GO:0007275 multicellular organism development TAS 2583089
GO:0007417 central nervous system development IBA --
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No data available for SIGNOR curated interactions for VCAN Gene

Drugs & Compounds for VCAN Gene

(6) Drugs for VCAN Gene - From: DrugBank, HMDB, and Novoseek

Name Status Disease Links Group Role Mechanism of Action Clinical Trials
Hyaluronic acid Approved, Vet_approved Pharma Target, binder 439

(16) Additional Compounds for VCAN Gene - From: Novoseek

Name Synonyms Role CAS Number PubChem IDs PubMed IDs
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Transcripts for VCAN Gene

Unigene Clusters for VCAN Gene

Representative Sequences:

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Alternative Splicing Database (ASD) splice patterns (SP) for VCAN Gene

ExUns: 1a · 1b · 1c ^ 2 ^ 3 ^ 4 ^ 5 ^ 6a · 6b ^ 7a · 7b ^ 8 ^ 9a · 9b · 9c ^ 10 ^ 11a · 11b ^ 12 ^ 13a · 13b ^ 14 ^ 15 ^ 16a · 16b ^ 17 ^
SP1: - - - - - - -
SP2: - - - - - - - - -
SP3: - -
SP4: - - -
SP6: -

ExUns: 18a · 18b ^ 19a · 19b · 19c · 19d
SP1: -
SP2: -
SP3: -

Relevant External Links for VCAN Gene

GeneLoc Exon Structure for
ECgene alternative splicing isoforms for

Expression for VCAN Gene

mRNA expression in normal human tissues from GTEx, Illumina, BioGPS, and SAGE for VCAN Gene

mRNA expression in embryonic tissues and stem cells from LifeMap Discovery

mRNA differential expression in normal tissues according to GTEx for VCAN Gene

This gene is overexpressed in Artery - Aorta (x8.3), Artery - Coronary (x7.4), and Whole Blood (x6.5).

Protein differential expression in normal tissues from HIPED for VCAN Gene

This gene is overexpressed in Amniocyte (16.9), Spinal cord (10.1), Frontal cortex (8.4), and Brain (6.4).

Integrated Proteomics: protein expression in normal tissues and cell lines from ProteomicsDB, PaxDb, MaxQB, and MOPED for VCAN Gene

NURSA nuclear receptor signaling pathways regulating expression of VCAN Gene:


SOURCE GeneReport for Unigene cluster for VCAN Gene:


mRNA Expression by UniProt/SwissProt for VCAN Gene:

Tissue specificity: Cerebral white matter and plasma. Isoform V0 and isoform V1 are expressed in normal brain, gliomas, medulloblastomas, schwannomas, neurofibromas, and meningiomas. Isoform V2 is restricted to normal brain and gliomas. Isoform V3 is found in all these tissues except medulloblastomas.
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No data available for Protein tissue co-expression partners for VCAN Gene

Orthologs for VCAN Gene

This gene was present in the common ancestor of animals.

Orthologs for VCAN Gene

Organism Taxonomy Gene Similarity Type Details
(Pan troglodytes)
Mammalia VCAN 34 35
  • 99.37 (n)
(Canis familiaris)
Mammalia VCAN 34 35
  • 83.58 (n)
(Bos Taurus)
Mammalia VCAN 34 35
  • 83.26 (n)
(Mus musculus)
Mammalia Vcan 34 16 35
  • 76.67 (n)
(Rattus norvegicus)
Mammalia Vcan 34
  • 75.7 (n)
(Monodelphis domestica)
Mammalia VCAN 35
  • 51 (a)
(Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
Mammalia VCAN 35
  • 46 (a)
(Gallus gallus)
Aves VCAN 35
  • 28 (a)
(Anolis carolinensis)
Reptilia VCAN 35
  • 33 (a)
African clawed frog
(Xenopus laevis)
Amphibia Xl.24776 34
(Danio rerio)
Actinopterygii vcanb 35
  • 42 (a)
-- 34
(Caenorhabditis elegans)
Secernentea clec-149 35
  • 25 (a)
Species where no ortholog for VCAN was found in the sources mined by GeneCards:
  • A. gosspyii yeast (Ashbya gossypii)
  • Actinobacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)
  • African malaria mosquito (Anopheles gambiae)
  • Alicante grape (Vitis vinifera)
  • alpha proteobacteria (Wolbachia pipientis)
  • amoeba (Dictyostelium discoideum)
  • Archea (Pyrococcus horikoshii)
  • baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae)
  • barley (Hordeum vulgare)
  • beta proteobacteria (Neisseria meningitidis)
  • bread mold (Neurospora crassa)
  • Chromalveolata (Phytophthora infestans)
  • common water flea (Daphnia pulex)
  • corn (Zea mays)
  • E. coli (Escherichia coli)
  • filamentous fungi (Aspergillus nidulans)
  • Firmicute bacteria (Streptococcus pneumoniae)
  • fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe)
  • fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster)
  • green algae (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii)
  • honey bee (Apis mellifera)
  • K. lactis yeast (Kluyveromyces lactis)
  • loblloly pine (Pinus taeda)
  • malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum)
  • medicago trunc (Medicago Truncatula)
  • moss (Physcomitrella patens)
  • orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)
  • pig (Sus scrofa)
  • rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
  • rice (Oryza sativa)
  • rice blast fungus (Magnaporthe grisea)
  • schistosome parasite (Schistosoma mansoni)
  • sea anemone (Nematostella vectensis)
  • sea squirt (Ciona intestinalis)
  • sea squirt (Ciona savignyi)
  • sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus)
  • sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)
  • soybean (Glycine max)
  • stem rust fungus (Puccinia graminis)
  • sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum)
  • thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana)
  • tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum)
  • toxoplasmosis (Toxoplasma gondii)
  • Trichoplax (Trichoplax adhaerens)
  • tropical clawed frog (Silurana tropicalis)
  • wheat (Triticum aestivum)

Evolution for VCAN Gene

Gene Tree for VCAN (if available)
Gene Tree for VCAN (if available)

Paralogs for VCAN Gene

Paralogs for VCAN Gene

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Variants for VCAN Gene

Sequence variations from dbSNP and Humsavar for VCAN Gene

SNP ID Clin Chr 05 pos Sequence Context AA Info Type
rs397515437 Pathogenic 83,542,270(+) CCAGG(A/T)AAGAT intron-variant, splice-donor-variant
rs80356553 Pathogenic 83,542,269(+) ACCAG(A/G/T)TAAGA intron-variant, splice-donor-variant
rs80356554 Pathogenic 83,537,006(+) TTTCA(A/C/G/T)GTCGA intron-variant, splice-acceptor-variant
rs80356555 Pathogenic 83,537,005(+) TTTTC(A/G/T)GGTCG intron-variant, splice-acceptor-variant
rs80356556 Pathogenic 83,537,002(+) TTTTT(A/C/T)TCAGG intron-variant

Structural Variations from Database of Genomic Variants (DGV) for VCAN Gene

Variant ID Type Subtype PubMed ID
esv7817 CNV gain 19470904
nsv1015852 CNV gain 25217958
nsv462227 CNV loss 19166990
nsv4903 CNV insertion 18451855
nsv598784 CNV loss 21841781
nsv598785 CNV loss 21841781
nsv830366 CNV gain 17160897
nsv830367 CNV gain+loss 17160897

Variation tolerance for VCAN Gene

Residual Variation Intolerance Score: 70.5% of all genes are more intolerant (likely to be disease-causing)
Gene Damage Index Score: 14.03; 96.05% of all genes are more intolerant (likely to be disease-causing)

Relevant External Links for VCAN Gene

Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD)
SNPedia medical, phenotypic, and genealogical associations of SNPs for

No data available for Polymorphic Variants from UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for VCAN Gene

Disorders for VCAN Gene

MalaCards: The human disease database

(13) MalaCards diseases for VCAN Gene - From: OMIM, ClinVar, GeneTests, Orphanet, DISEASES, and GeneCards

Disorder Aliases PubMed IDs
wagner syndrome 1
  • wagner vitreoretinopathy
wagner syndrome
  • erosive vitreoretinopathy
vcan-related vitreoretinopathy
  • hyaloideoretinal degeneration of wagner
vitreous syneresis
  • vitreous degeneration
- elite association - COSMIC cancer census association via MalaCards
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  • Wagner vitreoretinopathy (WGVRP) [MIM:143200]: A rare vitreoretinopathy characterized by an optically empty vitreous cavity with fibrillary condensations and a preretinal avascular membrane. Other optical features include progressive chorioretinal atrophy, perivascular sheating, subcapsular cataract and myopia. {ECO:0000269 PubMed:16043844, ECO:0000269 PubMed:22739342}. Note=The disease is caused by mutations affecting the gene represented in this entry. The pathological mechanism involves a quantitave imbalance of the normally occurring splice variants (PubMed:22739342). {ECO:0000269 PubMed:22739342}.

Relevant External Links for VCAN

Genetic Association Database (GAD)
Human Genome Epidemiology (HuGE) Navigator
Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology:
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Publications for VCAN Gene

  1. Mapping of the versican proteoglycan gene (CSPG2) to the long arm of human chromosome 5 (5q12-5q14). (PMID: 1478664) Iozzo R.V. … McPherson J.D. (Genomics 1992) 2 3 4 22 64
  2. Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan 2 (CSPG2) gene polymorphisms rs173686 and rs251124 are not associated with intracranial aneurysms in Chinese Han nationality. (PMID: 18484070) Sun H. … Zhao J. (Ups. J. Med. Sci. 2007) 3 22 46 64
  3. Identification of a novel splice site mutation of the CSPG2 gene in a Japanese family with Wagner syndrome. (PMID: 16043844) Miyamoto T. … Itakura M. (Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2005) 3 4 22 64
  4. Versican/PG-M isoforms in vascular smooth muscle cells. (PMID: 10397680) Lemire J.M. … Wight T.N. (Arterioscler. Thromb. Vasc. Biol. 1999) 3 4 22 64
  5. Differential expression of versican isoforms in brain tumors. (PMID: 8627343) Paulus W. … Zimmermann D.R. (J. Neuropathol. Exp. Neurol. 1996) 3 4 22 64

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