Reviewed February 2009
What is the official name of the ERAP1 gene?
The official name of this gene is “endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 1.”
ERAP1 is the gene's official symbol. The ERAP1 gene is also known by other names, listed below.
What is the normal function of the ERAP1 gene?
The ERAP1 gene (also known as ERAAP and ARTS1) provides instructions for making a protein called endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 1. As its name suggests, this protein is active in a cellular structure called the endoplasmic reticulum, which is involved in protein processing and transport. This protein is an aminopeptidase, which is an enzyme that cuts (cleaves) other proteins into smaller fragments called peptides.
Endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 1 has two major functions, both of which are important for normal immune system function. First, endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 1 cleaves several proteins called cytokine receptors on the surface of cells. Cleaving these receptors reduces their ability to transmit chemical signals into the cell, which affects the process of inflammation.
Second, endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 1 cleaves many types of proteins into small peptides that can be recognized by the immune system. These peptides are exported to the cell surface, where they attach to major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I proteins. MHC class I proteins display the peptides to the immune system. If the immune system recognizes the peptides as foreign (such as viral or bacterial peptides), it responds by triggering the infected cell to self-destruct.
How are changes in the ERAP1 gene related to health conditions?
- ankylosing spondylitis - associated with the ERAP1 gene
Several variations (polymorphisms) in the ERAP1 gene have been found to influence the risk of ankylosing spondylitis. Each of these variations changes a single protein building block (amino acid) in endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 1. Little is known about the effects of these variations, although researchers believe that changes in the protein's structure could alter either of its two major functions. It is unclear how these changes contribute to a person's risk of ankylosing spondylitis. Other genetic and environmental factors, many of which are unknown, also affect the chance of developing this condition.
Where is the ERAP1 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 5q15
Molecular Location on chromosome 5: base pairs 96,760,809 to 96,935,923
The ERAP1 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 5 at position 15.
More precisely, the ERAP1 gene is located from base pair 96,760,809 to base pair 96,935,923 on chromosome 5.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/howgeneswork/genelocation) in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about ERAP1?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about ERAP1 helpful.
You may also be interested in these resources, which are designed for genetics professionals and researchers.
- PubMed - Recent literature (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=%28%28ERAP1%5BTIAB%5D%29%20OR%20%28endoplasmic%20reticulum%20aminopeptidase%201%5BTIAB%5D%29%29%20OR%20%28%28ARTS-1%5BTIAB%5D%29%20OR%20%28ARTS1%5BTIAB%5D%29%20OR%20%28ERAAP%5BTIAB%5D%29%20OR%20%28PILS-AP%5BTIAB%5D%29%29%20AND%20%28%28Genes%5BMH%5D%29%20OR%20%28Genetic%20Phenomena%5BMH%5D%29%29%20AND%20english%5Bla%5D%20AND%20human%5Bmh%5D%20AND%20%22last%203600%20days%22%5Bdp%5D)
- OMIM - Genetic disorder catalog (http://omim.org/entry/606832)
Research Resources - Tools for researchers
- Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology (http://atlasgeneticsoncology.org/Genes/GC_ERAP1.html)
- HGNC Gene Family: Aminopeptidases (http://www.genenames.org/cgi-bin/genefamilies/set/104)
- HGNC Gene Family: Minor histocompatibility antigens (http://www.genenames.org/cgi-bin/genefamilies/set/870)
- HGNC Gene Symbol Report (http://www.genenames.org/cgi-bin/gene_symbol_report?q=data/hgnc_data.php&hgnc_id=18173)
- NCBI Gene (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene/51752)
What other names do people use for the ERAP1 gene or gene products?
- adipocyte-derived leucine aminopeptidase
- aminopeptidase PILS
- aminopeptidase regulator of TNFR1 shedding
- puromycin-insensitive leucyl-specific aminopeptidase
- type 1 tumor necrosis factor receptor shedding aminopeptidase regulator
See How are genetic conditions and genes named? (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/mutationsanddisorders/naming) in the Handbook.
What glossary definitions help with understanding ERAP1?
amino acid ;
endoplasmic reticulum ;
immune system ;
You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference
- Brionez TF, Reveille JD. The contribution of genes outside the major histocompatibility complex to susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2008 Jul;20(4):384-91. doi: 10.1097/BOR.0b013e32830460fe. Review. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18525349?dopt=Abstract)
- Brown MA. Breakthroughs in genetic studies of ankylosing spondylitis. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2008 Feb;47(2):132-7. Epub 2007 Nov 22. Review. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18037607?dopt=Abstract)
- Chang SC, Momburg F, Bhutani N, Goldberg AL. The ER aminopeptidase, ERAP1, trims precursors to lengths of MHC class I peptides by a "molecular ruler" mechanism. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Nov 22;102(47):17107-12. Epub 2005 Nov 14. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16286653?dopt=Abstract)
- Hammer GE, Gonzalez F, Champsaur M, Cado D, Shastri N. The aminopeptidase ERAAP shapes the peptide repertoire displayed by major histocompatibility complex class I molecules. Nat Immunol. 2006 Jan;7(1):103-12. Epub 2005 Nov 20. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16299505?dopt=Abstract)
- NCBI Gene (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene/51752)
- Saric T, Chang SC, Hattori A, York IA, Markant S, Rock KL, Tsujimoto M, Goldberg AL. An IFN-gamma-induced aminopeptidase in the ER, ERAP1, trims precursors to MHC class I-presented peptides. Nat Immunol. 2002 Dec;3(12):1169-76. Epub 2002 Nov 18. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12436109?dopt=Abstract)
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- York IA, Chang SC, Saric T, Keys JA, Favreau JM, Goldberg AL, Rock KL. The ER aminopeptidase ERAP1 enhances or limits antigen presentation by trimming epitopes to 8-9 residues. Nat Immunol. 2002 Dec;3(12):1177-84. Epub 2002 Nov 18. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12436110?dopt=Abstract)
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