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ABCA subfamily (version 2019.4) in the IUPHAR/BPS Guide to Pharmacology Database

Mary Vore1
  1. University of Kentucky, USA


To date, 12 members of the human ABCA subfamily are identified. They share a high degree of sequence conservation and have been mostly related with lipid trafficking in a wide range of body locations. Mutations in some of these genes have been described to cause severe hereditary diseases related with lipid transport, such as fatal surfactant deficiency or harlequin ichthyosis. In addition, most of them are hypothesized to participate in the subcellular sequestration of drugs, thereby being responsible for the resistance of several carcinoma cell lines against drug treatment [1].


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Database links

ABCA subfamily
            ABC1, CERP(ABCA1)
            ABC3, ABCC(ABCA3)


  1. Albrecht C and Viturro E. (2007) The ABCA subfamily--gene and protein structures, functions and associated hereditary diseases. Pflugers Arch. 453: 581-9 [PMID:16586097]
  2. DeStefano GM, Kurban M, Anyane-Yeboa K, Dall'Armi C, Di Paolo G, Feenstra H, Silverberg N, Rohena L, López-Cepeda LD and Jobanputra V et al.. (2014) Mutations in the cholesterol transporter gene ABCA5 are associated with excessive hair overgrowth. PLoS Genet. 10: e1004333 [PMID:24831815]
  3. Favari E, Zanotti I, Zimetti F, Ronda N, Bernini F and Rothblat GH. (2004) Probucol inhibits ABCA1-mediated cellular lipid efflux. Arterioscler. Thromb. Vasc. Biol. 24: 2345-50 [PMID:15514211]
  4. Fu Y, Mukhamedova N, Ip S, D'Souza W, Henley KJ, DiTommaso T, Kesani R, Ditiatkovski M, Jones L and Lane RM et al.. (2013) ABCA12 regulates ABCA1-dependent cholesterol efflux from macrophages and the development of atherosclerosis. Cell Metab. 18: 225-38 [PMID:23931754]
  5. Fujinami K, Zernant J, Chana RK, Wright GA, Tsunoda K, Ozawa Y, Tsubota K, Robson AG, Holder GE and Allikmets R et al.. (2015) Clinical and molecular characteristics of childhood-onset Stargardt disease. Ophthalmology 122: 326-34 [PMID:25312043]
  6. Hollingworth P, Harold D, Sims R, Gerrish A, Lambert JC, Carrasquillo MM, Abraham R, Hamshere ML, Pahwa JS and Moskvina V et al.. (2011) Common variants at ABCA7, MS4A6A/MS4A4E, EPHA1, CD33 and CD2AP are associated with Alzheimer's disease. Nat. Genet. 43: 429-35 [PMID:21460840]
  7. Koldamova R, Fitz NF and Lefterov I. (2014) ATP-binding cassette transporter A1: from metabolism to neurodegeneration. Neurobiol. Dis. 72 Pt A: 13-21 [PMID:24844148]
  8. Nawaz S, Tariq M, Ahmad I, Malik NA, Baig SM, Dahl N and Klar J. (2012) Non-bullous congentital ichthyosiform erythroderma associated with homozygosity for a novel missense mutation in an ATP binding domain of ABCA12. Eur J Dermatol 22: 178-81 [PMID:22257947]
  9. Quazi F and Molday RS. (2014) ATP-binding cassette transporter ABCA4 and chemical isomerization protect photoreceptor cells from the toxic accumulation of excess 11-cis-retinal. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 111: 5024-9 [PMID:24707049]
  10. Rodríguez-Pazos L, Ginarte M, Vega A and Toribio J. (2013) Autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis. Actas Dermosifiliogr 104: 270-84 [PMID:23562412]
  11. Sethi AA, Stonik JA, Thomas F, Demosky SJ, Amar M, Neufeld E, Brewer HB, Davidson WS, D'Souza W and Sviridov D et al.. (2008) Asymmetry in the lipid affinity of bihelical amphipathic peptides. A structural determinant for the specificity of ABCA1-dependent cholesterol efflux by peptides. J. Biol. Chem. 283: 32273-82 [PMID:18805791]
  12. van Leeuwen EM, Karssen LC, Deelen J, Isaacs A, Medina-Gomez C, Mbarek H, Kanterakis A, Trompet S, Postmus I and Verweij N et al.. (2015) Genome of The Netherlands population-specific imputations identify an ABCA6 variant associated with cholesterol levels. Nat Commun 6: 6065 [PMID:25751400]
  13. Wu CA, Tsujita M, Hayashi M and Yokoyama S. (2004) Probucol inactivates ABCA1 in the plasma membrane with respect to its mediation of apolipoprotein binding and high density lipoprotein assembly and to its proteolytic degradation. J. Biol. Chem. 279: 30168-74 [PMID:15140889]
  14. Zuo Y, Zhuang DZ, Han R, Isaac G, Tobin JJ, McKee M, Welti R, Brissette JL, Fitzgerald ML and Freeman MW. (2008) ABCA12 maintains the epidermal lipid permeability barrier by facilitating formation of ceramide linoleic esters. J. Biol. Chem. 283: 36624-35 [PMID:18957418]