Candidate Genes Diabetic Retinopathy


Official Symbol
Alternative Names
Gelatin-binding protein 28; Adipose specific collagen-like factor
A hormone secreted by adipocytes that regulates energy homeostasis and glucose and lipid metabolism. Adipocytes also produce and secrete proteins such as leptin, adipsin (factor D), various other complement components (e.g., properdin) and C3a and tumor necrosis factor (TNF) suggesting a possible link to the immune system. Adiponectin, an adipose tissue-specific plasma protein, has antiinflammatory effects on the cellular components of the vascular wall
Cytogenetic Location
Chr 17
Start: 186,560,463 bp from pter
End: 186,576,252 bp from pter
Size: 15,790 bases
Orientation: plus strand
Exons and Introns
3 exons and 4 distinct gt-ag introns
Nucleotide Sequence
Aminoacid Sequence
rs 266729 (C/G)
Pfam : C1q Collagen PPV_E2_N


Adipocytokine signaling pathway


Protein Interactors
Cadherin 13
Adiponectin receptor 2
Post Translational Modification
O-glycosylated. Not N-glycosylated. O-linked glycans on hydroxylysines consist of Glc-Gal disaccharides bound to the oxygen atom of post-translationally added hydroxyl groups. Adiponectin receptor 2
Molecular Weight
26414 da
Molecular Class
Secreted polypeptide
Molecular Function
Important adipokine involved in the control of fat metabolism and insulin sensitivity, with direct anti-diabetic, anti-atherogenic and anti-inflammatory activities. Stimulates AMPK phosphorylation and activation in the liver and the skeletal muscle, enhancing glucose utilization and fatty-acid combustion. Antagonizes TNF-alpha by negatively regulating its expression in various tissues such as liver and macrophages, and also by counteracting its effects. Inhibits endothelial NF-kappa-B signaling through a cAMP-dependent pathway. May play a role in cell growth, angiogenesis and tissue remodeling by binding and sequestering various growth factors with distinct binding affinities, depending on the type of complex, LMW, MMW or HMW Protein homodimerization activity; hormone activity; eukaryotic cell surface binding; cytokine activity.
3D Structure