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  Domain Name: M14_ASPA
Peptidase M14 Aspartoacylase (ASPA) subfamily. Aspartoacylase (ASPA) belongs to the Succinylglutamate desuccinylase/aspartoacylase subfamily of the M14 family of metallocarboxypeptidases. ASPA (also known as aminoacylase 2; EC: cleaves N-acetyl L-aspartic acid (NAA) into aspartate and acetate. NAA is abundant in the brain, and hydrolysis of NAA by ASPA may help maintain white matter. ASPA is an NAA scavenger in other tissues. Mutations in the gene encoding ASPA cause Canavan disease (CD), a fatal progressive neurodegenerative disorder involving dysmyelination and spongiform degeneration of white matter in children. This enzyme binds zinc which is necessary for activity. Measurement of elevated NAA levels in urine is used in the diagnosis of CD.
No pairwise interactions are available for this conserved domain.

Total Mutations Found: 1
Total Disease Mutations Found: 0
This domain occurred 2 times on human genes (3 proteins).

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Range on the Protein:  

   Protein ID            Protein Position

Domain Position:  

Feature Name:Total Found:
Zn binding site
active site

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Please Cite: Peterson, T.A., Adadey, A., Santana-Cruz ,I., Sun, Y., Winder A, Kann, M.G., (2010) DMDM: Domain Mapping of Disease Mutations. Bioinformatics 26 (19), 2458-2459.

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