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pla2g4a

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Official Full Name
phospholipase A2, group IVA (cytosolic, calcium-dependent)
Background
This gene encodes a member of the cytosolic phospholipase A2 group IV family. The enzyme catalyzes the hydrolysis of membrane phospholipids to release arachidonic acid which is subsequently metabolized into eicosanoids. Eicosanoids, including prostaglandins and leukotrienes, are lipid-based cellular hormones that regulate hemodynamics, inflammatory responses, and other intracellular pathways. The hydrolysis reaction also produces lysophospholipids that are converted into platelet-activating factor. The enzyme is activated by increased intracellular Ca2+ levels and phosphorylation, resulting in its translocation from the cytosol and nucleus to perinuclear membrane vesicles.
Synonyms
PLA2G4A; phospholipase A2, group IVA (cytosolic, calcium-dependent); PLA2G4; cytosolic phospholipase A2; cPLA2 alpha; cPLA2; lysophospholipase; phospholipase A2 group IVA; phosphatidylcholine 2-acylhydrolase; calcium-dependent phospholipid-binding protein; cPLA2-alpha; MGC126350