Synonyms: ASGP R,ASGP-R 2,ASGPR 2,ASGPR2,Asgr2,ASGR2,Asialoglycoprotein receptor 2,C type lectin domain family 4 member H2,C-type lectin domain family 4 member H2,CLEC4H2,HBxAg-binding protein,HBXBP,Hepatic lectin 2,Hepatic lectin H2,Hepatic lectin R2/3,HL-2,Hs.1259,L H2,LH2 ,MGC108546,MHL 2 ,RHL2
Background: This gene encodes a subunit of the asialoglycoprotein receptor. This receptor is a transmembrane protein that plays a critical role in serum glycoprotein homeostasis by mediating the endocytosis and lysosomal degradation of glycoproteins with exposed terminal galactose or N-acetylgalactosamine residues. The asialoglycoprotein receptor may facilitate hepatic infection by multiple viruses including hepatitis B, and is also a target for liver-specific drug delivery. The asialoglycoprotein receptor is a hetero-oligomeric protein composed of major and minor subunits, which are encoded by different genes. The protein encoded by this gene is the less abundant minor subunit. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding multiple isoforms have been observed for this gene.