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From NCBI Gene:
Plastins are a family of actin-binding proteins that are conserved throughout eukaryote evolution and expressed in most tissues of higher eukaryotes. In humans, two ubiquitous plastin isoforms (L and T) have been identified. Plastin 1 (otherwise known as Fimbrin) is a third distinct plastin isoform which is specifically expressed at high levels in the small intestine. The L isoform is expressed only in hemopoietic cell lineages, while the T isoform has been found in all other normal cells of solid tissues that have replicative potential (fibroblasts, endothelial cells, epithelial cells, melanocytes, etc.). The C-terminal 570 amino acids of the T-plastin and L-plastin proteins are 83% identical. It contains a potential calcium-binding site near the N terminus. Alternate splicing results in multiple transcript variants.[provided by RefSeq, Feb 2010]
Actin-bundling protein found in intestinal microvilli, hair cell stereocilia, and fibroblast filopodia. May play a role in the regulation of bone development.
From NCBI Gene:
- Bone mineral density quantitative trait locus 18
Osteoporosis (OSTEOP): A systemic skeletal disorder characterized by decreased bone mass and deterioration of bone microarchitecture without alteration in the composition of bone. The result is fragile bones and an increased risk of fractures, even after minimal trauma. Osteoporosis is a chronic condition of multifactorial etiology and is usually clinically silent until a fracture occurs. [MIM:166710]