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External IDs OMIM600347 MGI1096385 HomoloGene7244 GeneCards: BCAN Gene
RNA expression pattern
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More reference expression data
Species Human Mouse
Entrez 63827 12032
Ensembl ENSG00000132692 ENSMUSG00000004892
UniProt Q96GW7 Q61361
RefSeq (mRNA) NM_021948 NM_001109758
RefSeq (protein) NP_068767 NP_001103228
Location (UCSC) Chr 1:
156.61 – 156.63 Mb
Chr 3:
87.99 – 88 Mb
PubMed search [1] [2]

Brevican core protein is a protein that in humans is encoded by the BCAN gene.[1][2][3] Brevican is a member of the lectican protein family.

In melanocytic cells BCAN gene expression may be regulated by MITF.[4]


  1. ^ Gary SC, Zerillo CA, Chiang VL, Gaw JU, Gray G, Hockfield S (Dec 2000). "cDNA cloning, chromosomal localization, and expression analysis of human BEHAB/brevican, a brain specific proteoglycan regulated during cortical development and in glioma". Gene 256 (1-2): 139–47. doi:10.1016/S0378-1119(00)00362-0. PMID 11054543. 
  2. ^ Nomoto H, Oohashi T, Hirakawa S, Ueki Y, Ohtsuki H, Ninomiya Y (Mar 2002). "Human BRAL1 and BCAN genes that belong to the link-module superfamily are tandemly arranged on chromosome 1q21-23". Acta Med Okayama 56 (1): 25–9. PMID 11873941. 
  3. ^ "Entrez Gene: BCAN brevican". 
  4. ^ Hoek KS, Schlegel NC, Eichhoff OM et al. (2008). "Novel MITF targets identified using a two-step DNA microarray strategy". Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 21 (6): 665–76. doi:10.1111/j.1755-148X.2008.00505.x. PMID 19067971. 

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