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Available structures
PDB Human UniProt search: PDBe RCSB
Aliases KLK5, KLK-L2, KLKL2, SCTE, kallikrein related peptidase 5
External IDs MGI: 1915918 HomoloGene: 75000 GeneCards: 25818
RNA expression pattern
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Species Human Mouse
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Location (UCSC) Chr 19: 50.94 – 50.95 Mb Chr 7: 43.84 – 43.85 Mb
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Kallikrein-related peptidase 5 (KLK5), formerly known as stratum corneum tryptic enzyme (SCTE), is a serine protease expressed in the epidermis. In humans it is encoded by the KLK5 gene.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] This gene is one of the fifteen kallikrein subfamily members located in a cluster on chromosome 19. Its expression is up-regulated by estrogens and progestins. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants encoding the same protein.[9]

KLK5 has been suggested to regulate cell shedding (desquamation) in conjunction with KLK7 and KLK14, given its ability to degrade proteins which form the extracellular component of cell junctions in the stratum corneum. It is proposed that KLK5 regulates this process since it is able to self-activate in addition to activating KLK7 and KLK14.[10]


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  4. ^ Yousef GM, Diamandis EP (Feb 2000). "The new kallikrein-like gene, KLK-L2. Molecular characterization, mapping, tissue expression, and hormonal regulation". J Biol Chem. 274 (53): 37511–6. doi:10.1074/jbc.274.53.37511. PMID 10608802. 
  5. ^ Zulkifli SN, Paine LL, Greener DL, Subramaniam R (Oct 1991). "Trends in selected obstetric complications from University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia". Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 35 (1): 29–36. doi:10.1016/0020-7292(91)90059-E. PMID 1680072. 
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  7. ^ Diamandis, Eleftherios P.; Deperthes, David; Lundwall, Åke (Jun 2006). "Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Kallikreins, Lausanne, Switzerland, September 1-3 , 2005". Biol Chem. 387 (6): 635–824. doi:10.1515/BC.2006.081. PMID 16800723. 
  8. ^ Yamasaki K, Schauber J, Coda A, Lin H, Dorschner RA, Schechter NM, Bonnart C, Descargues P, Hovnanian A, Gallo RL (Oct 2006). "Kallikrein-mediated proteolysis regulates the antimicrobial effects of cathelicidins in skin". FASEB J. 20 (12): 2068–80. doi:10.1096/fj.06-6075com. PMID 17012259. 
  9. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: KLK5 kallikrein-related peptidase 5". 
  10. ^ Brattsand M, Stefansson K, Lundh C, et al. (2005). "A proteolytic cascade of kallikreins in the stratum corneum". J. Invest. Dermatol. 124 (1): 198–203. doi:10.1111/j.0022-202X.2004.23547.x. PMID 15654974. 

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External links[edit]

  • The MEROPS online database for peptidases and their inhibitors: S01.017