adaptor protein

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adaptor protein

[ə′dap·tər ‚prō‚tēn]
(cell and molecular biology)
A specialized protein that links protein components of the signaling pathway, thereby aiding intracellular signal transduction.
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BCAR1, a human homologue of the adapter protein p130Cas, and antiestrogen resistance in breast cancer cells.
Functions of the adapter protein Cas: signal convergence and the determination of cellular responses.
In the first section, contributors describe epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFRs) and their role in the ontology and maintenance of tumor tissues, detailing recent advances in the understanding of their molecular biology, including the intrinsic tyrosine kinase catalytic function and molecular interactions with other structures containing signaling adapter proteins.