SPARC/Testican, calcium-binding domain (IPR019577)

Short name: SPARC/Testican_Ca-bd-dom

Overlapping homologous superfamilies

Domain relationships


This entry represents the calcium-binding domain found in SPARC (Secreted Protein Acidic and Rich in Cysteine) and Testican (also known as SPOCK; or SParc/Osteonectin, Cwcv and Kazal-like domains) proteins. SPARC proteins are down-regulated in various tumours and may have a tumour-suppressor function [PMID: 18459035, PMID: 17325739]. Testican-3 appears to be a novel regulator that reduces the activity of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) in adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) [PMID: 19144404].

This cysteine-rich domain is responsible for the anti-spreading activity of human urothelial cells. This extracellular calcium-binding domain is rich in alpha-helices and contains two EF-hands that each coordinates one Ca2+ ion, forming a helix-loop-helix structure that not only drives the conformation of the protein but is also necessary for biological activity. The anti-spreading activity was dependent on the coordination of Ca2+ by a Glu residue at the Z position of EF-hand 2 [PMID: 16121393].

GO terms

Biological Process

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Molecular Function

GO:0005509 calcium ion binding

Cellular Component

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Contributing signatures

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