Aliases for MYLK Gene
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Previous GeneCards Identifiers for MYLK Gene
This gene, a muscle member of the immunoglobulin gene superfamily, encodes myosin light chain kinase which is a calcium/calmodulin dependent enzyme. This kinase phosphorylates myosin regulatory light chains to facilitate myosin interaction with actin filaments to produce contractile activity. This gene encodes both smooth muscle and nonmuscle isoforms. In addition, using a separate promoter in an intron in the 3' region, it encodes telokin, a small protein identical in sequence to the C-terminus of myosin light chain kinase, that is independently expressed in smooth muscle and functions to stabilize unphosphorylated myosin filaments. A pseudogene is located on the p arm of chromosome 3. Four transcript variants that produce four isoforms of the calcium/calmodulin dependent enzyme have been identified as well as two transcripts that produce two isoforms of telokin. Additional variants have been identified but lack full length transcripts. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for MYLK Gene
MYLK (Myosin Light Chain Kinase) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with MYLK include aortic aneurysm, familial thoracic 7 and mylk-related thoracic aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections. Among its related pathways are Regulation of actin cytoskeleton and Regulation of actin cytoskeleton. GO annotations related to this gene include actin binding and myosin light chain kinase activity. An important paralog of this gene is MYLK4.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for MYLK Gene
Calcium/calmodulin-dependent myosin light chain kinase implicated in smooth muscle contraction via phosphorylation of myosin light chains (MLC). Also regulates actin-myosin interaction through a non-kinase activity. Phosphorylates PTK2B/PYK2 and myosin light-chains. Involved in the inflammatory response (e.g. apoptosis, vascular permeability, leukocyte diapedesis), cell motility and morphology, airway hyperreactivity and other activities relevant to asthma. Required for tonic airway smooth muscle contraction that is necessary for physiological and asthmatic airway resistance. Necessary for gastrointestinal motility. Implicated in the regulation of endothelial as well as vascular permeability, probably via the regulation of cytoskeletal rearrangements. In the nervous system it has been shown to control the growth initiation of astrocytic processes in culture and to participate in transmitter release at synapses formed between cultured sympathetic ganglion cells. Critical participant in signaling sequences that result in fibroblast apoptosis. Plays a role in the regulation of epithelial cell survival. Required for epithelial wound healing, especially during actomyosin ring contraction during purse-string wound closure. Mediates RhoA-dependent membrane blebbing. Triggers TRPC5 channel activity in a calcium-dependent signaling, by inducing its subcellular localization at the plasma membrane. Promotes cell migration (including tumor cells) and tumor metastasis. PTK2B/PYK2 activation by phosphorylation mediates ITGB2 activation and is thus essential to trigger neutrophil transmigration during acute lung injury (ALI). May regulate optic nerve head astrocyte migration. Probably involved in mitotic cytoskeletal regulation. Regulates tight junction probably by modulating ZO-1 exchange in the perijunctional actomyosin ring. Mediates burn-induced microvascular barrier injury; triggers endothelial contraction in the development of microvascular hyperpermeability by phosphorylating MLC. Essential for intestinal barrier dysfunction. Mediates Giardia spp.-mediated reduced epithelial barrier function during giardiasis intestinal infection via reorganization of cytoskeletal F-actin and tight junctional ZO-1. Necessary for hypotonicity-induced Ca(2+) entry and subsequent activation of volume-sensitive organic osmolyte/anion channels (VSOAC) in cervical cancer cells. Responsible for high proliferative ability of breast cancer cells through anti-apoptosis.
Myosin Light Chain Kinases (MLCKs) are a group of protein serine/threonine kinases that is currently divided into two subtypes, MLCK1 and MLCK2. MLCK1 is found in smooth muscle and phosphorylates myosin II regulatory light chains at Ser19, allowing myosin crossbridges to bind to actin filaments and initiate contraction. In addition to smooth muscle contraction, MLCK1 is involved in a diverse range of biological processes including control of endothelial and vascular permeability, growth initiation of astrocytes processes, neurotransmitter release in the sympathetic nervous system and apoptosis of fibroblasts. MLCK2 is found in striated muscle and co-localizes with phosphorylated MLC filaments to mediate skeletal and cardiac muscle contraction. MLCK3 and MLCK4 have recently been identified but are yet to be fully characterized. MLCKs are activated by Ca2+-calmodulin complexes and require Mg2+ or Ca2+ as a co-factor.