matrix metallopeptidase 21
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From NCBI Gene:
This gene encodes a member of the matrix metalloproteinase family. Proteins in this family are involved in the breakdown of extracellular matrix for both normal physiological processes, such as embryonic development, reproduction, and tissue remodeling, and disease processes, such as asthma and tumor metastasis. The encoded protein may play an important role in embryogenesis, particularly in neuronal cells, as well as in lymphocyte development and survival. [provided by RefSeq, May 2013]
Plays a specialized role in the generation of left-right asymmetry during embryogenesis. May act as a negative regulator of the NOTCH-signaling pathway (PubMed:26429889, PubMed:26437028). Cleaves alpha-1-antitrypsin (PubMed:12617721).
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From NCBI Gene:
- Heterotaxy, visceral, 7, autosomal
Heterotaxy, visceral, 7, autosomal (HTX7): A form of visceral heterotaxy, a complex disorder due to disruption of the normal left-right asymmetry of the thoracoabdominal organs. Visceral heterotaxy or situs ambiguus results in randomization of the placement of visceral organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, spleen, and stomach. The organs are oriented randomly with respect to the left-right axis and with respect to one another. It can been associated with a variety of congenital defects including cardiac malformations. HTX7 inheritance is autosomal recessive. [MIM:616749]