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LASS1


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The human homologue of the yeast longevity assurance gene. In S. cerevisiae the LAG genes encode transmembrane proteins differentially expressed during the replicative life span that are necessary for N-stearoyl-sphinganine (C18-(dihydro)ceramide) synthesis and play a role in determining yeast longevity, although the molecular mechanism is unclear. All Lag1 homologues contain a highly conserved stretch of 52 amino acids known as the Lag1p motif.

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