機能Acid protease active in intracellular protein breakdown. Involved in the pathogenesis of several diseases such as breast cancer and possibly Alzheimer disease.
関連疾患Defects in CTSD are the cause of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 10 (CLN10) [MIM:610127]; also known as neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis due to cathepsin D deficiency. A form of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis with onset at birth or early childhood. Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses are progressive neurodegenerative, lysosomal storage diseases characterized by intracellular accumulation of autofluorescent liposomal material, and clinically by seizures, dementia, visual loss, and/or cerebral atrophy.
配列類似性Belongs to the peptidase A1 family.
細胞内局在Lysosome. Melanosome. Identified by mass spectrometry in melanosome fractions from stage I to stage IV.