Fibulin-5 is an extracellular matrix protein that interacts with other proteins during a complex process that results in elastic fiber formation from the elastin precursor, tropoelastin [1]. Elastic fibers are an important component of tissues requiring elasticity, including large arteries, lungs and skin. In mice lacking fibulin-5 ( Fbln5−/−), these tissues contain disorganized elastic fibers and exhibit decreased elasticity [2]. The phenotype of Fbln5−/− mice is similar to that of humans with cutis laxa, a connective tissue disorder characterized by loose skin and narrow arteries with reduced compliance.

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