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SymbolsFAM20C ; DMP-4; DMP4; GEF-CK; RNS
External IDsOMIM611061 MGI2136853 HomoloGene56879 GeneCards: FAM20C Gene
EC number2.7.11.1
RefSeq (mRNA)NM_020223NM_030565
RefSeq (protein)NP_064608NP_085042
Location (UCSC)Chr 7:
0.19 – 0.3 Mb
Chr 5:
138.75 – 138.81 Mb
PubMed search[1][2]

Family with sequence similarity 20, member C also known as FAM20C or DMP4 is a protein which in humans is encoded by the FAM20C gene.[1][2][3] Fam20C, a Golgi localized protein kinase, is a serine kinase that phosphorylates both casein and other highly acidic proteins and members of the small integrin-binding ligand, the N-linked glycoproteins (SIBLING) family at the target motif SerXGlu.[4]


Dmp4 causes differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into functional odontoblast cells and is likely to function as a regulator of dentin mineralization.[2] FAM20C is a secretory kinase, responsible for the phosphorylation of all secreted proteins, from milk to bone proteins.[4] Phosphorylation by Fam20C in the secretory pathway is essential for proper biomineralization of bone. The substrate specificity of FAM20C indicates, however, that it is not likely to account for the tyrosine phosphorylation of the secreted protein. The characterization of FAM20C as an active serine kinase in the Golgi apparatus provides a clear precedent that ATP dependent protein phosphorylation can take place in the secretory apparatus.[4][5][6]

Clinical significance

Mutations in the FAM20C gene are associated with Raine syndrome.[3]


  1. ^ Nalbant D, Youn H, Nalbant SI, Sharma S, Cobos E, Beale EG, Du Y, Williams SC (2005). "FAM20: an evolutionarily conserved family of secreted proteins expressed in hematopoietic cells". BMC Genomics 6: 11. PMC 548683. PMID 15676076. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-6-11. 
  2. ^ a b Hao J, Narayanan K, Muni T, Ramachandran A, George A (May 2007). "Dentin matrix protein 4, a novel secretory calcium-binding protein that modulates odontoblast differentiation". J. Biol. Chem. 282 (21): 15357–65. PMID 17369251. doi:10.1074/jbc.M701547200. 
  3. ^ a b Simpson MA, Hsu R, Keir LS, Hao J, Sivapalan G, Ernst LM, Zackai EH, Al-Gazali LI, Hulskamp G, Kingston HM, Prescott TE, Ion A, Patton MA, Murday V, George A, Crosby AH (November 2007). "Mutations in FAM20C are associated with lethal osteosclerotic bone dysplasia (Raine syndrome), highlighting a crucial molecule in bone development". Am. J. Hum. Genet. 81 (5): 906–12. PMC 2265657. PMID 17924334. doi:10.1086/522240. 
  4. ^ a b c Tagliabracci VS, Engel JL, Wen J, Wiley SE, Worby CA, Kinch LN, Xiao J, Grishin NV, Dixon JE (2012). "Secreted kinase phosphorylates extracellular proteins that regulate biomineralization". Science 336 (6085): 1150–3. PMC 3754843. PMID 22582013. doi:10.1126/science.1217817. 
  5. ^ Yalak G, Vogel V (December 2012). "Extracellular phosphorylation and phosphorylated proteins: not just curiosities but physiologically important". Sci Signal 5 (255): re7. PMID 23250399. doi:10.1126/scisignal.2003273. 
  6. ^ Tagliabracci VS, Pinna LA, Dixon JE (2013). "Secreted protein kinases". Trends Biochem. Sci. 38 (3): 121–30. PMC 3582740. PMID 23276407. doi:10.1016/j.tibs.2012.11.008. 

Further reading

  • Hao J, Narayanan K, Muni T, Ramachandran A, George A (2007). "Dentin matrix protein 4, a novel secretory calcium-binding protein that modulates odontoblast differentiation.". J. Biol. Chem. 282 (21): 15357–65. PMID 17369251. doi:10.1074/jbc.M701547200. 
  • Simpson MA, Scheuerle A, Hurst J, Patton MA, Stewart H, Crosby AH (2009). "Mutations in FAM20C also identified in non-lethal osteosclerotic bone dysplasia.". Clin. Genet. 75 (3): 271–6. PMID 19250384. doi:10.1111/j.1399-0004.2008.01118.x. 

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