Author(s): Silverman GA, Whisstock JC, Bottomley SP, Huntington JA, Kaiserman D,
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Abstract Serpins compose the largest superfamily of peptidase inhibitors and are well known as regulators of hemostasis and thrombolysis. Studies using model organisms, from plants to vertebrates, now show that serpins and their unique inhibitory mechanism and conformational flexibility are exploited to control proteolysis in molecular pathways associated with cell survival, development, and host defense. In addition, an increasing number of non-inhibitory serpins are emerging as important elements within a diversity of biological systems by serving as chaperones, hormone transporters, or anti-angiogenic factors.
This article was published in J Biol Chem
and referenced in Journal of Hematology & Thromboembolic Diseases