Joyce, Johanna A; Freeman, Craig; Meyer-Morse, Nicole; Parish, Christopher; Hanahan, Douglas
Heparan sulfate proteoglycans are integral components of the extracellular matrix that surrounds all mammalian cells. In addition to providing structural integrity, they act as a storage depot for a variety of heparan sulfate (HS)-binding proteins, including growth factors and chemokines. Heparanase is a matrix-degrading enzyme that cleaves heparan sulfate side chains from the core proteoglycans, thus liberating such HS-binding proteins, as well as potentially contributing to extracellular...[Show more]
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