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ADAM metallopeptidase domain 20
This gene encodes a member of the ADAM (a disintegrin and metalloprotease domain) family. Members of this family are membrane-anchored proteins structurally related to snake venom disintegrins, and have been implicated in a variety of biological processes involving cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions, including fertilization, muscle development, and neurogenesis. The expression of this gene is testis-specific. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008] (from
Crabtree et al., Leeds, United Kingdom. In J Infect Dis, 2002
Reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis of gastric biopsy specimens from patients with and without H. pylori showed that infection was associated with increased expression of ADAM 10 and ADAM 17 (tumor necrosis factor-alpha-converting enzyme) in antral mucosa, but no increases in ADAM 15 and ADAM 20 were observed.