|A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine®|
On this page:
Reviewed May 2010
What is the official name of the NEU1 gene?
The official name of this gene is “neuraminidase 1 (lysosomal sialidase).”
NEU1 is the gene's official symbol. The NEU1 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 NEU1 gene?
The NEU1 gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called neuraminidase 1 (NEU1), which is found in lysosomes. Lysosomes are compartments within cells that use enzymes to digest and recycle materials. The NEU1 enzyme helps break down large sugar molecules (oligosaccharides) attached to certain proteins (glycoproteins) by removing an substance known as sialic acid.
How are changes in the NEU1 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the NEU1 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 6p21.3
Molecular Location on chromosome 6: base pairs 31,859,052 to 31,862,932
(Homo sapiens Annotation Release 107, GRCh38.p2) (
The NEU1 gene is located on the short (p) arm of chromosome 6 at position 21.3.
More precisely, the NEU1 gene is located from base pair 31,859,052 to base pair 31,862,932 on chromosome 6.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about NEU1?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about NEU1 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 NEU1 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 NEU1?
You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference Glossary.
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.
References (8 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.