ADAMTS family proteases – role in functioning of reproductive organs

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ADAMTS family proteases – role in functioning of reproductive organs

The reproductive organs are unique among adult organs in that they must undergo continual tissue remodelling as a key aspect of their normal function. The processes for persistent maturation and release of new gametes, as well as fertilisation, implantation, placentation, gestation and parturition involve cyclic development and regression of tissues that must continually regenerate to support fertility. The ADAMTS family of proteases have been shown to contribute to many aspects of the tissue morphogenesis required for development and function of each of the reproductive organs. Dysregulation or functional changes in ADAMTS family proteases have been associated with reproductive disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and premature ovarian failure (POF).

Courtesy: Russell et al., 2015

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