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What is the official name of the IRF6 gene?
The official name of this gene is “interferon regulatory factor 6.”
IRF6 is the gene's official symbol. The IRF6 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 IRF6 gene?
The IRF6 gene provides instructions for making a protein that plays an important role in early development. This protein is a transcription factor, which means that it attaches (binds) to specific regions of DNA and helps control the activity of particular genes.
The IRF6 protein is active in cells that give rise to tissues in the head and face. It is also involved in the development of other parts of the body, including the skin and genitals.
How are changes in the IRF6 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the IRF6 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 1q32.3-q41
Molecular Location on chromosome 1: base pairs 209,785,622 to 209,806,174
The IRF6 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 1 between positions 32.3 and 41.
More precisely, the IRF6 gene is located from base pair 209,785,622 to base pair 209,806,174 on chromosome 1.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about IRF6?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about IRF6 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 IRF6 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 IRF6?
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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