Gelsolin meaning

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A calcium-dependent actin-binding protein that modulates actin filament length and gelation and thus influences the structure of the cytoskeleton and plays a key role in cellular motility and differentiation.
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A calcium-regulated actin-binding protein that breaks cytoskeletal actin filaments into smaller pieces, thus transforming the actin network (or gel) into a colloidal solution and influencing cell morphology, motility, and apoptosis.
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(biology) An actin-binding protein that is a key regulator of actin filament assembly and disassembly.
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Origin of gelsolin

  • gel(ation) sol- (as in dissolve from its turning actin from a semi-solid into a fluid) –in

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition