This gene encodes the prototype of the membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK) family proteins. MAGUKs interact with the cytoskeleton and regulate cell proliferation, signaling pathways, and intercellular junctions. The encoded protein is an extensively palmitoylated membrane phosphoprotein containing a PDZ domain, a Src homology 3 (SH3) motif, and a guanylate kinase domain. This gene product interacts with various cytoskeletal proteins and cell junctional proteins in different tissue and cell types, and may be involved in the regulation of cell shape, hair cell development, neural patterning of the retina, and apico-basal polarity and tumor suppression pathways in non-erythroid cells. Multiple transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Oct 2009] (from
Lücke et al., Halle, Germany. In J Biol Chem, 2012
The derived structure model of the complex between Bcl-2 and the FKBP38 catalytic domain features both electrostatic and hydrophobic intermolecular contacts and provides a rationale for the regulation of the FKBP38/Bcl-2 interaction by Ca(2+).