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superfamily

 [soo´per-fam″ĭ-le]
1. a taxonomic category sometimes established, subordinate to an order and superior to a family.
2. any of a group of proteins having similarities such as areas of structural homology and believed to descend from the same ancestral gene, such as the superfamily of immunoglobulins.

superfamily

(so͞o′pər-făm′ə-lē)
n. pl. superfami·lies
A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order or its subdivisions and above a family.

superfamily

a taxon above a family and below an order.
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Comparison of circulating tumour necrosis factor superfamily cytokines in periodontitis patients undergoing supportive therapy: a case-controlled cross-sectional study comparing smokers and non-smokers in health and disease.
One of the members of TGF-[beta] superfamily is GDF11 that has been derived together with GDF8 (also known as myostatin) from a common ancestor [2].
Based on the histopathological findings, the diagnosis of moderate multifocal to coalescing granulomatous arteritis associated with intralesional nematodes of the superfamily Metastrongyloidea was diagnosed in a wild crab-eating fox (C.
For instance, when considering the cutoff D = 4 [Angstrom], the success rates of the NSiteMatch are 64%, 55%, 31%, and 31% for the ADP at the 40% sequence similarity, family, superfamily, and fold filter levels, respectively (Figure 5(a)).
The major regulatory capacity of the oocyte on follicular growth and differentiation is achieved through the synthesis and secretion of specific factors in the oocyte, in particular of GDF9 and BMP15 paracrine factors belonging to the superfamily TGF-[beta], which act directly on the granulosa cells to modify their multiplication, function and differentiation, as well as through direct physical contact occurring in the oocyte granulosa-cell interface (Hutt and Albertini, 2007; Hennet and Combelles, 2012; Peng et al., 2013; Dias et al., 2014).
* The report provides a snapshot of the global therapeutic landscape for Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Superfamily Member 5 (B-Cell Surface Antigen CD40 or CD40L Receptor or CD40)
Recently activin receptors and inhibitors both of which are members of the transforming growth factor-AY (TGF-AY) superfamily are hypothesized to be potential regulators of postnatal uterine morphogenesis (Carpenter et al.
The superfamily Octodontoidea (186 species) collectively exploits most ecological niches used by rodents, from tree-dwelling to burrowing, rock-dwelling, terrestrial, and even semiaquatic forms.
Among the topics are automated sequence-based approaches for identifying domain families, classifying protein into domain structure families, functional diversity of the HUP domain superfamily, the globin family, unusual species distribution and the horizontal transfer of peptides, and the evolution of eukaryotic chromatin proteins and transcription factors.
However, KatG exhibits a catalase activity rivalling that of canonical catalases an ability member of its superfamily lack.
From the Latin dirus ("fearful" or "ominous") + filum ("thread"), Dirofilaria is a genus of nematodes of the superfamily Filarioidea.