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Aliases LOXL2, LOR2, WS9-14, lysyl oxidase like 2, LOR
External IDs MGI: 2137913 HomoloGene: 1742 GeneCards: LOXL2
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Species Human Mouse
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Location (UCSC) Chr 8: 23.3 – 23.43 Mb Chr 14: 69.61 – 69.7 Mb
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Lysyl oxidase homolog 2 is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the LOXL2 gene.[3][4]


This gene encodes a member of the lysyl oxidase gene family. The prototypic member of the family is essential to the biogenesis of connective tissue, encoding an extracellular copper-dependent amine oxidase that catalyses the first step in the formation of crosslinks in collagens and elastin. A highly conserved amino acid sequence at the C-terminus end appears to be sufficient for amine oxidase activity, suggesting that each family member may retain this function. The N-terminus is poorly conserved and may impart additional roles in developmental regulation, senescence, tumor suppression, cell growth control, and chemotaxis to each member of the family.[4]

LOXL2 can also crosslink collagen type IV and hence influence the sprouting of new blood vessels.[5]

Clinical significance[edit]

LOXL2 is an enzyme that is up-regulated in several types of cancer and is associated with a poorer prognosis.[6][7] LOXL2 changes the structure of histones (proteins that are attached to DNA)[8] and thus changes the shape of the cells, making it easier for the cancer cells to metastasize.[9]

An antibody that inhibits the activity of LOXL2, simtuzumab and is currently in clinical trials for the treatment of several types of cancer and fibrotic diseases such as liver fibrosis.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Human PubMed Reference:". 
  2. ^ "Mouse PubMed Reference:". 
  3. ^ Jourdan-Le Saux C, Le Saux O, Donlon T, Boyd CD, Csiszar K (July 1998). "The human lysyl oxidase-related gene (LOXL2) maps between markers D8S280 and D8S278 on chromosome 8p21.2-p21.3". Genomics. 51 (2): 305–7. PMID 9722957. doi:10.1006/geno.1998.5356. 
  4. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: LOXL2 lysyl oxidase-like 2". 
  5. ^ Bignon M, Pichol-Thievend C, Hardouin J, Malbouyres M, Bréchot N, Nasciutti L, Barret A, Teillon J, Guillon E, Etienne E, Caron M, Joubert-Caron R, Monnot C, Ruggiero F, Muller L, Germain S (2011). "Lysyl oxidase-like protein-2 regulates sprouting angiogenesis and type IV collagen assembly in the endothelial basement membrane". Blood. 118: 3979–89. PMID 21835952. doi:10.1182/blood-2010-10-313296. 
  6. ^ Nishioka T, Eustace A, West C (2012). "Lysyl oxidase: from basic science to future cancer treatment". Cell Struct. Funct. 37 (1): 75–80. PMID 22453058. doi:10.1247/csf.11015. 
  7. ^ Cano A, Santamaría PG, Moreno-Bueno G (2012). "LOXL2 in epithelial cell plasticity and tumor progression". Future Oncol. 8 (9): 1095–108. PMID 23030485. doi:10.2217/fon.12.105. 
  8. ^ Herranz N, Dave N, Millanes-Romero A, Morey L, Díaz VM, Lórenz-Fonfría V, Gutierrez-Gallego R, Jerónimo C, Di Croce L, García de Herreros A, Peiró S (2012). "Lysyl oxidase-like 2 deaminates lysine 4 in histone H3". Molecular Cell. 46 (3): 369–376. PMID 22483618. doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2012.03.002. 
  9. ^ Moreno-Bueno G, Salvador F, Martín A, Floristán A, Cuevas EP, Santos V, Montes A, Morales S, Castilla MA, Rojo-Sebastián A, Martínez A, Hardisson D, Csiszar K, Portillo F, Peinado H, Palacios J, Cano A (2011). "Lysyl oxidase-like 2 (LOXL2), a new regulator of cell polarity required for metastatic dissemination of basal-like breast carcinomas". EMBO Mol Med. 3 (9): 528–544. PMC 3377095Freely accessible. PMID 21732535. doi:10.1002/emmm.201100156. 
  10. ^ "Search of: simtuzumab - List Results". ClinicalTrials.gov. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Csiszar K (2001). "Lysyl oxidases: a novel multifunctional amine oxidase family". Progress in Nucleic Acid Research and Molecular Biology. Progress in Nucleic Acid Research and Molecular Biology. 70: 1–32. ISBN 978-0-12-540070-1. PMID 11642359. doi:10.1016/S0079-6603(01)70012-8. 
  • Molnar J, Fong KS, He QP, Hayashi K, Kim Y, Fong SF, Fogelgren B, Szauter KM, Mink M, Csiszar K (April 2003). "Structural and functional diversity of lysyl oxidase and the LOX-like proteins". Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 1647 (1–2): 220–4. PMID 12686136. doi:10.1016/s1570-9639(03)00053-0. 
  • Maruyama K, Sugano S (Jan 1994). "Oligo-capping: a simple method to replace the cap structure of eukaryotic mRNAs with oligoribonucleotides". Gene. 138 (1–2): 171–4. PMID 8125298. doi:10.1016/0378-1119(94)90802-8. 
  • Saito H, Papaconstantinou J, Sato H, Goldstein S (March 1997). "Regulation of a novel gene encoding a lysyl oxidase-related protein in cellular adhesion and senescence". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 272 (13): 8157–60. PMID 9079631. doi:10.1074/jbc.272.13.8157. 
  • Suzuki Y, Yoshitomo-Nakagawa K, Maruyama K, Suyama A, Sugano S (October 1997). "Construction and characterization of a full length-enriched and a 5'-end-enriched cDNA library". Gene. 200 (1–2): 149–56. PMID 9373149. doi:10.1016/S0378-1119(97)00411-3. 
  • Jourdan-Le Saux C, Tronecker H, Bogic L, Bryant-Greenwood GD, Boyd CD, Csiszar K (April 1999). "The LOXL2 gene encodes a new lysyl oxidase-like protein and is expressed at high levels in reproductive tissues". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 274 (18): 12939–44. PMID 10212285. doi:10.1074/jbc.274.18.12939. 
  • Hein S, Yamamoto SY, Okazaki K, Jourdan-LeSaux C, Csiszar K, Bryant-Greenwood GD (Jan 2001). "Lysyl oxidases: expression in the fetal membranes and placenta". Placenta. 22 (1): 49–57. PMID 11162352. doi:10.1053/plac.2000.0580. 
  • Akiri G, Sabo E, Dafni H, Vadasz Z, Kartvelishvily Y, Gan N, Kessler O, Cohen T, Resnick M, Neeman M, Neufeld G (April 2003). "Lysyl oxidase-related protein-1 promotes tumor fibrosis and tumor progression in vivo". Cancer Research. 63 (7): 1657–66. PMID 12670920. 
  • Rost T, Pyritz V, Rathcke IO, Görögh T, Dünne AA, Werner JA (2003). "Reduction of LOX- and LOXL2-mRNA expression in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas". Anticancer Research. 23 (2B): 1565–73. PMID 12820424. 
  • Vadasz Z, Kessler O, Akiri G, Gengrinovitch S, Kagan HM, Baruch Y, Izhak OB, Neufeld G (September 2005). "Abnormal deposition of collagen around hepatocytes in Wilson's disease is associated with hepatocyte specific expression of lysyl oxidase and lysyl oxidase like protein-2". Journal of Hepatology. 43 (3): 499–507. PMID 16023247. doi:10.1016/j.jhep.2005.02.052. 
  • Peinado H, Del Carmen Iglesias-de la Cruz M, Olmeda D, Csiszar K, Fong KS, Vega S, Nieto MA, Cano A, Portillo F (October 2005). "A molecular role for lysyl oxidase-like 2 enzyme in snail regulation and tumor progression". The EMBO Journal. 24 (19): 3446–58. PMC 1276164Freely accessible. PMID 16096638. doi:10.1038/sj.emboj.7600781. 
  • Akagawa H, Narita A, Yamada H, Tajima A, Krischek B, Kasuya H, Hori T, Kubota M, Saeki N, Hata A, Mizutani T, Inoue I (May 2007). "Systematic screening of lysyl oxidase-like (LOXL) family genes demonstrates that LOXL2 is a susceptibility gene to intracranial aneurysms". Human Genetics. 121 (3–4): 377–87. PMID 17287949. doi:10.1007/s00439-007-0333-3.