This trypsin-like integral-membrane serine peptidase has been implicated in breast cancer invasion and metastasis [1,2]. The enzyme can activate hepatocyte growth factor/scattering factor (HGF/SF) by cleavage of the two-chain form at an Arg residue to give active α- and β-HGF, but It does not activate plasminogen, which shares high homology with HGF . The enzyme can also activate urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA), which initiates the matrix-degrading peptidase cascade [1,2]. Belongs in peptidase family S1A.
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