Pigment epithelium-derived factor, also known as PEDF, Serpin F1, and SERPINF1, is a multiple functional protein that has both anti-angiogenic activity and neurotrophic activity at the same time. PEDF is a secreted glycoprotein that belongs to the noninhibitory serpin. It has an alpha/beta core serine-protease inhibitor domain, three major beta-sheets, and ten alpha-helices. PEDF does not inhibit either serine or cysteine proteinases. PEDF exerts diverse physiological activities including anti-angiogenesis, anti-vasopermeability, anti-tumor, and neurotrophic activities. PEDF acts via multiple high affinity ligands and cell receptors. It has been described as a natural angiogenesis inhibitor with neurotrophic and immune-modulation properties. PEDF induces macrophages apoptosis and necrosis through the activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma by which PEDF could modulate inflammatory reactions in septic shock. It balances angiogenesis in the eye and blocks tumor progression.
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