Osteopontin (IPR002038)

Short name: Osteopontin

Family relationships



The major event of endochondrial ossification is the proteolytic degradation of calcified cartilage and the extracellular matrix, and their substitution with bone-specific extracellular matrix produced and organised by osteoblasts [PMID: 2033080]. One of the most abundant products of osteoblasts is osteopontin, a glycosylated phosphoprotein with a high acidic amino acid content and one copy of the cell attachment sequence RGD [PMID: 2033080]. It is thought that osteopontin may act as a bridge between osteoblasts and the apatite mineral of the bone [PMID: 2033080]. Osteopontin-K is a kidney protein, similar to osteopontin and probably also involved in cell adhesion [PMID: 1414488].

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0007155 cell adhesion
GO:0001503 ossification

Molecular Function

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Cellular Component

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Contributing signatures

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