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The name given to calcium-binding proteins believed to be secreted by macrophages that acts as an inhibitor of phospholipase A2 enzymes and has a possible role in mediating the antiinflammatry effects of steroids. Lipocortins are identified as proteins of the annexin class and their extracellular role is in some doubt.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)

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