An avian alpha B-crystallin. Non-lens expression and sequence similarities with both small (HSP27) and large (HSP70) heat shock proteins.


alpha B-crystallin is multifunctional, serving as both a major structural protein in the lens and a small heat-shock protein (shsp) in other tissues in mammals. Cloning and Northern analysis show similarly that alpha B-crystallin mRNA is present in all mature tissues examined in a bird (Anas platyrhynchos), although there are some differences in the pattern… (More)


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