Members of the small leucine-rich proteoglycan (SLRP) family are mostly extracellular proteins that function upstream of multiple signaling cascades. They affect intracellular phosphorylation and modulate distinct pathways, such as those driven by Toll-like receptors, TGF? and receptor tyrosine kinases. As a member of the SLRP family, CHADL (Chondroadherin-like protein) is a 762 amino acid protein containing 21 LRR (leucine-rich) repeats, which promote protein-ligand interactions. Chondroadherin, a closely related protein, promotes attachment of chrondocytes, osteoblasts and fibroblasts and also plays an important role in the regulation of chrodrocyte proliferation and growth. CHADL is a secreted protein that is located in the extracellular space. There are two isoforms of CHADL that exist as a result of alternative splicing events.
Alternate names: Chondroadherin-like protein, SLRR4B