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Published in FEBS Open Bio, October 2020
Authors: Portia L. Thomas, Gladys Nangami, Tanu Rana, Adam Evans, Stephen D Williams, Dylan Crowell, Anil Shanker, Amos M. Sakwe, Josiah Ochieng
Fetuin-A is a serum glycoprotein synthesized and secreted into blood by the liver. It’s main physiological function is the inhibition of ectopic calcification. A number of studies have demonstrated that it is a multifunctional protein – endocytic uptake of fetuin-A by tumor cells resulting in rapid cellular adhesion and spreading has been reported.