"ADAMTS Proteins" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus,
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A subfamily of ADAM proteases that are distinguished by the presence of one or more THROMBOSPONDIN type-1 repeats (TSRs). These are three-strand motifs that contain characteristic TRYPTOPHAN, ARGININE, and CYSTEINE residues respectively. In contrast to ADAM proteins, which reside on CELL MEMBRANES, ADAMTS proteases are secreted and function in the EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX.
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