Fibulins are a group of extracellular matrix proteins of which many are present in high amounts in the cardiovascular system. They share common biochemical properties and are often found in relation to basement membranes or elastic fibers. Observations in humans with specific mutations in fibulin genes, together with results from genetically engineered mice and data from human cardiovascular tissue suggest that the fibulin family of proteins play important functional roles in the cardiovascular system. Moreover, fibulin-1 circulates in high concentrations in plasma and may function as a cardiovascular disease marker.
Advances in Clinical Chemistry, 2014, Vol 67, p. 245-265