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Embryonic lethal, abnormal vision, Drosophila-like 4 (ELAVL4) is a human homologue of the Drosophilia gene ELAV, which is implicated in neuronal differentiation and maintenance. The ELAVL proteins are mRNA binding proteins and all members of the family contain three RNA-recognition motifs [PMID:12402251]. ELAVL-proteins also interact with inflammation-associated factors. The protein may be implicated in neurodegeneration through these complex mechanisms [PMID:15827745].