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What is the official name of the FTCD gene?
The official name of this gene is “formimidoyltransferase cyclodeaminase.”
FTCD is the gene's official symbol. The FTCD 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 FTCD gene?
The FTCD gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called formiminotransferase cyclodeaminase. This enzyme is found mainly in the liver, with smaller amounts in the kidneys. In males it is also found in the testes.
Formiminotransferase cyclodeaminase is called a bifunctional enzyme because it performs two functions. Specifically, it is involved in the last two steps in the breakdown (metabolism) of the amino acid histidine, a building block of most proteins. It also plays a role in producing one of several forms of the vitamin folate, which has many important functions in the body.
One of the enzyme's functions, called formiminotransferase, breaks down a molecule called N-formiminoglutamate in the process of histidine metabolism. Part of the N-formiminoglutamate molecule, called the formimino group, is incorporated into another molecule called formiminotetrahydrofolate. The amino acid glutamate is also produced in this reaction.
The second function of the enzyme, called cyclodeaminase, breaks down formiminotetrahydrofolate to a molecule called 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate and ammonia. 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate is one of several tetrahydrofolate molecules involved in the production (synthesis) of many important molecules in the body, such as purines and pyrimidines (the building blocks of DNA and its chemical cousin, RNA) and amino acids. The tetrahydrofolates carry small molecules called one-carbon units that are needed for the synthesis of these larger molecules.
How are changes in the FTCD gene related to health conditions?
Where is the FTCD gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 21q22.3
Molecular Location on chromosome 21: base pairs 46,136,151 to 46,155,856
(Homo sapiens Annotation Release 107, GRCh38.p2) (
The FTCD gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 21 at position 22.3.
More precisely, the FTCD gene is located from base pair 46,136,151 to base pair 46,155,856 on chromosome 21.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about FTCD?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about FTCD 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 FTCD 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 FTCD?
acids ; amino acid ; ammonia ; breakdown ; deficiency ; DNA ; enzyme ; excretion ; folate ; gene ; histidine ; metabolism ; molecule ; mutation ; purines ; pyrimidines ; RNA ; synthesis ; testes ; vitamins
You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference Glossary.
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.
References (5 links)
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.