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What is the official name of the ATG16L1 gene?
The official name of this gene is “autophagy related 16-like 1.”
ATG16L1 is the gene's official symbol. The ATG16L1 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 ATG16L1 gene?
The ATG16L1 gene provides instructions for making a protein called autophagy related 16-like 1. This protein is part of a larger family of proteins that are required for a process called autophagy. Cells use this process to recycle worn-out cell parts and break down certain proteins when they are no longer needed. Autophagy also plays an important role in controlled cell death (apoptosis). Additionally, autophagy is involved in the body's inflammatory response and helps the immune system destroy some types of harmful bacteria and viruses.
Does the ATG16L1 gene share characteristics with other genes?
The ATG16L1 gene belongs to a family of genes called WDR (WD repeat domain containing).
A gene family is a group of genes that share important characteristics. Classifying individual genes into families helps researchers describe how genes are related to each other. For more information, see What are gene families? in the Handbook.
How are changes in the ATG16L1 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the ATG16L1 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 2q37.1
Molecular Location on chromosome 2: base pairs 233,251,571 to 233,295,674
The ATG16L1 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 2 at position 37.1.
More precisely, the ATG16L1 gene is located from base pair 233,251,571 to base pair 233,295,674 on chromosome 2.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about ATG16L1?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about ATG16L1 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 ATG16L1 gene or gene products?
See How are genetic conditions and genes named? in the Handbook.
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 ATG16L1?
alanine ; amino acid ; apoptosis ; autophagy ; bacteria ; cell ; chronic ; critical region ; digestive ; domain ; gene ; ileum ; immune system ; inflammation ; intestine ; nucleotide ; polymorphism ; protein ; single nucleotide polymorphism ; threonine
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.