Supplied in 10 mM sodium HEPES (pH 7.5), 150 mM NaCl, 100 µg/ml BSA and 50% glycerol. Store at –20°C. Do not aliquot the antibody.
Gelsolin Antibody recognizes endogenous levels of total gelsolin protein.
Polyclonal antibodies are produced by immunizing animals with a synthetic peptide corresponding to residues surrounding Val377 of human gelsolin protein. Antibodies are purified by protein A and peptide affinity chromatography.
Gelsolin (actin-depolymerizing factor, ADF, AGEL, Brevin) is an 83 kDa protein that shares structural and functional homology to villin and adseverin/scinderin (1,2). Gelsolin plays an important role in actin filament assembly by capping and severing actin proteins in a Ca2+-dependent manner (3,4). Gelsolin is important for cellular events (e.g., membrane ruffling, chemotaxis, ciliogenesis) that require cytoskeletal remodeling (3). Accordingly, cells from gelsolin knockout mice exhibit motility defects, including a failure to ruffle in response to growth factor stimulation (5,6). In humans, defects in gelsolin have been linked to amyloidosis type 5 (AMYL5), a hereditary disease characterized by cranial neuropathy, which appears to result from gelsolin amyloid deposition (7).
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