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Reviewed August 2008

What is the official name of the AGPAT2 gene?

The official name of this gene is “1-acylglycerol-3-phosphate O-acyltransferase 2.”

AGPAT2 is the gene's official symbol. The AGPAT2 gene is also known by other names, listed below.

Read more about gene names and symbols on the About page.

What is the normal function of the AGPAT2 gene?

The AGPAT2 gene provides instructions for making an enzyme that plays a critical role in the growth and development of adipocytes, which are the body's fat-storing cells.

The AGPAT2 enzyme is part of a chemical pathway that produces two important types of fats (lipids): glycerophospholipids and triacylglycerols. Glycerophospholipids are the major component of cell membranes throughout the body; they are also involved in chemical signaling within cells. Triacylglycerols (also known as triglycerides) are molecules in adipocytes that store fats for later conversion to energy.

The AGPAT2 enzyme is responsible for a particular chemical reaction in the production of these two types of lipids. Specifically, the enzyme helps convert a molecule called lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) to another molecule, phosphatidic acid (PA). Additional reactions convert phosphatidic acid to glycerophospholipids and triacylglycerols.

How are changes in the AGPAT2 gene related to health conditions?

Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy - caused by mutations in the AGPAT2 gene

At least 26 mutations in the AGPAT2 gene have been identified in people with Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy type 1. These mutations alter the structure and function of the AGPAT2 enzyme.

Studies have shown that a defective AGPAT2 enzyme interferes with the normal development and function of adipocytes, which prevents the body from using and storing fats properly. Researchers propose that the abnormal AGPAT2 enzyme may reduce the production and storage of triacylglycerols in adipocytes, which would make these cells unable to store fats. The defective enzyme may also reduce the levels of glycerophospholipids in adipocytes, which would change the structure of the cell membrane and disrupt normal signaling within these cells. A lack of functional adipocytes leads to an almost total absence of body fat, which underlies most of the features of Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy.

Where is the AGPAT2 gene located?

Cytogenetic Location: 9q34.3

Molecular Location on chromosome 9: base pairs 136,673,143 to 136,687,459

The AGPAT2 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 9 at position 34.3.

The AGPAT2 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 9 at position 34.3.

More precisely, the AGPAT2 gene is located from base pair 136,673,143 to base pair 136,687,459 on chromosome 9.

See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.

Where can I find additional information about AGPAT2?

You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about AGPAT2 helpful.

You may also be interested in these resources, which are designed for genetics professionals and researchers.

What other names do people use for the AGPAT2 gene or gene products?

  • 1-acylglycerol-3-phosphate O-acyltransferase 2 (lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase, beta)
  • 1-acyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase beta
  • 1-AGP acyltransferase 2
  • 1-AGPAT2
  • BSCL1
  • LPAAT-beta
  • lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase-beta

Where can I find general information about genes?

The Handbook provides basic information about genetics in clear language.

These links provide additional genetics resources that may be useful.

What glossary definitions help with understanding AGPAT2?

adipocytes ; adipose tissue ; cell ; cell membrane ; congenital ; differentiation ; enzyme ; gene ; lipodystrophy ; molecule ; phosphate ; tissue ; triglycerides

You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference Glossary.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

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The resources on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Users seeking information about a personal genetic disease, syndrome, or condition should consult with a qualified healthcare professional. See How can I find a genetics professional in my area? in the Handbook.

Reviewed: August 2008
Published: November 23, 2015