Aliases for COL4A2 Gene
External Ids for COL4A2 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for COL4A2 Gene
This gene encodes one of the six subunits of type IV collagen, the major structural component of basement membranes. The C-terminal portion of the protein, known as canstatin, is an inhibitor of angiogenesis and tumor growth. Like the other members of the type IV collagen gene family, this gene is organized in a head-to-head conformation with another type IV collagen gene so that each gene pair shares a common promoter. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for COL4A2 Gene
COL4A2 (Collagen Type IV Alpha 2 Chain) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with COL4A2 include Brain Small Vessel Disease 2 and Familial Porencephaly. Among its related pathways are Collagen chain trimerization and Integrin Pathway. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include extracellular matrix structural constituent. An important paralog of this gene is COL4A1.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for COL4A2 Gene
Type IV collagen is the major structural component of glomerular basement membranes (GBM), forming a 'chicken-wire' meshwork together with laminins, proteoglycans and entactin/nidogen.
Canstatin, a cleavage product corresponding to the collagen alpha 2(IV) NC1 domain, possesses both anti-angiogenic and anti-tumor cell activity. It inhibits proliferation and migration of endothelial cells, reduces mitochondrial membrane potential, and induces apoptosis. Specifically induces Fas-dependent apoptosis and activates procaspase-8 and -9 activity. Ligand for alphavbeta3 and alphavbeta5 integrins.