alexa Mucins: a biologically relevant glycan barrier in mucosal protection.
Genetics & Molecular Biology

Genetics & Molecular Biology

Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine

Author(s): Corfield AP

Abstract Share this page

Abstract BACKGROUND: The mucins found as components of mucus gel layers at mucosal surfaces throughout the body play roles in protection as part of the defensive barrier on an organ and tissue specific basis. SCOPE OF THE REVIEW: The human MUC gene family codes up to 20 known proteins, which can be divided into secreted and membrane-associated forms each with a typical protein domain structure. The secreted mucins are adapted to cross link in order to allow formation of the extended mucin networks found in the secreted mucus gels. The membrane-associated mucins possess membrane specific domains which enable their various biological functions as part of the glycocalyx. All mucins are highly O-glycosylated and this is tissue specific and linked with specific biological functions at these locations. Mucin biology is dynamic and the processes of degradation and turnover are well integrated with biosynthesis to maintain a continuous mucosal protection against all external aggressive forces. Interaction of mucins with microflora plays an important role in normal function. Mucins are modified in a variety of diseases and this may be due to abberant mucin peptide or glycosylation. MAJOR CONCLUSIONS: Mucins represent a family of glycoprotein having fundamental roles in mucosal protection and communication with external environment. GENERAL SIGNIFICANCE: The review emphasises the nature of mucins as glycoproteins and their role in presenting an array of glycan structures at the mucosal cell surface. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This article was published in Biochim Biophys Acta and referenced in Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri & Aquaculture Journals

Dr. Krish

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9040

Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals

Ronald

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9040

Clinical Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Food & Nutrition Journals

Katie Wilson

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science

Andrea Jason

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics & Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Materials Science Journals

Rachle Green

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Nursing & Health Care Journals

Stephanie Skinner

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

Ann Jose

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

 
© 2008- 2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords