Collectrin, a homologue of ACE2, its transcriptional control and functional perspectives

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2007 Nov 9;363(1):1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.08.136. Epub 2007 Aug 31.


Collectrin is a type I membrane protein and shares significant homology with C-terminal domain of angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE2). However, collectrin lacks catalytic domain and it suggests the presence of uncharacterized physiological functions of collectrin. Collectrin is transcriptionally regulated by hepatocyte nuclear factor-alpha and -beta and is highly expressed on renal proximal tubules and collecting ducts as well as pancreatic beta-cells. Recent in vitro and in vivo studies demonstrated interesting physiological roles of collectrin related to insulin secretion, formation of primary cilia, renal cyst formation and amino acid transport. The common underlying molecular mechanism may be suggested by the evidence that collectrin binds to SNARE complex by interacting with snapin. Collectrin is involved in the process of vesicle transport and membrane fusion and thus it delivers insulin for exocytosis or various membrane proteins to apical plasmalemma and primary cilia. Collectrin may be the new therapeutic target for various pathological processes such as diabetes, polycystic kidney disease, hypertension and aminoaciduria.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Transport Systems / chemistry*
  • Amino Acid Transport Systems / physiology*
  • Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2
  • Animals
  • Collectins / chemistry*
  • Collectins / physiology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation / physiology
  • Humans
  • Kidney / metabolism*
  • Pancreas / metabolism*
  • Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A / chemistry
  • Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A / physiology
  • Transcription, Genetic / physiology*


  • Amino Acid Transport Systems
  • Collectins
  • Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A
  • ACE2 protein, human
  • Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2