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What is the official name of the DOK7 gene?
The official name of this gene is “docking protein 7.”
DOK7 is the gene's official symbol. The DOK7 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 DOK7 gene?
The DOK7 gene provides instructions for making a protein that is necessary for the formation of connections between nerve cells and muscle cells, which occur in the neuromuscular junction. The neuromuscular junction is the area between the ends of nerve cells and muscle cells where signals are relayed to trigger muscle movement. The Dok-7 protein participates in turning on (activating) a protein called MuSK that plays a key role in organizing the various proteins important for the development and maintenance of the neuromuscular junction. In particular, the MuSK protein is involved in concentrating a protein called the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) in the muscle membrane at the neuromuscular junction." The AChR protein is critical for signaling between nerve and muscle cells, which is necessary for movement.
How are changes in the DOK7 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the DOK7 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 4p16.3
Molecular Location on chromosome 4: base pairs 3,463,305 to 3,501,475
The DOK7 gene is located on the short (p) arm of chromosome 4 at position 16.3.
More precisely, the DOK7 gene is located from base pair 3,463,305 to base pair 3,501,475 on chromosome 4.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about DOK7?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about DOK7 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 DOK7 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 DOK7?
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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