This gene encodes a preproprotein that is cleaved into two products, megakaryocyte potentiating factor and mesothelin. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants. Mesothelin is a cell surface differentiation antigen found in mesothelial cells, mesotheliomas and ovarian cancers. Although the function of mesothelin is unknown, it may play a role in cellular adhesion. Three transcript variants have been described. Their protein products were initially named megakaryocyte potentiating factor (MPF), mesothelin, and the soluble member(s) of the mesothelin/MPF family. MPF is a cytokine with megakaryocyte potentiating activity. Mesothelin null mutant mice show a normal phenotype suggesting that mesothelin function is not essential for growth or reproduction in mice (Bera et al., 2000).
|Synonyms:||MSLN, CAK1 antigen, MPF, SMRP, Mesothelin, CAK1|
|Target Sequences:||NM_013404 NP_037536.2 Q13421|
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