MAF proteins: a family of regulating and regulated molecules

Maria Maddalena Simile, Gavinella Latte, Rosa Maria Pascale


The proteins of MAF family (the cellular counterpart of viral oncogene MAF, isolated from avian musculoaponeurotic fibrosarcoma) are transcription factors regulating gene expression. On the bases of the size, they are sub-grouped into two families: the “large” (L-MAFs: MAFA, MAFB, c-MAF, and Nrl) and the “small” (S-MAFs: MAFF, MAFK, and MAFG) MAF proteins (1).