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What is the official name of the NR3C2 gene?
The official name of this gene is “nuclear receptor subfamily 3 group C member 2.”
NR3C2 is the gene's official symbol. The NR3C2 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 NR3C2 gene?
The NR3C2 gene provides instructions for making a protein called the mineralocorticoid receptor. This protein is important in regulating the amount of sodium in the body. Sodium regulation plays a role in blood pressure control and fluid balance. Certain hormones called mineralocorticoids attach (bind) to and turn on (activate) the mineralocorticoid receptor. Aldosterone is one mineralocorticoid that activates the mineralocorticoid receptor. The activated mineralocorticoid receptor acts as a transcription factor, which is a protein that binds to specific regions of DNA and helps control the activity (transcription) of particular genes.
The mineralocorticoid receptor regulates specialized proteins in the cell membrane that control the transport of sodium or potassium into cells. In response to signals that sodium levels in the body are low, the mineralocorticoid receptor increases the number and activity of these proteins at the cell membrane, especially in certain kidney cells. One of these proteins transports sodium into the cell, while another protein simultaneously transports sodium out of the cell and potassium into the cell. These proteins help keep sodium in the body through a process called reabsorption and remove potassium from the body through a process called secretion.
Does the NR3C2 gene share characteristics with other genes?
The NR3C2 gene belongs to a family of genes called NR (nuclear hormone receptors).
A gene family is a group of genes that share important characteristics. Classifying individual genes into families helps researchers describe how genes are related to each other. For more information, see What are gene families? in the Handbook.
How are changes in the NR3C2 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the NR3C2 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 4q31.1
Molecular Location on chromosome 4: base pairs 148,078,764 to 148,445,278
(Homo sapiens Annotation Release 107, GRCh38.p2) (
The NR3C2 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 4 at position 31.1.
More precisely, the NR3C2 gene is located from base pair 148,078,764 to base pair 148,445,278 on chromosome 4.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about NR3C2?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about NR3C2 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 NR3C2 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 NR3C2?
aldosterone ; amino acid ; autosomal ; autosomal dominant ; cell ; cell membrane ; DNA ; gene ; hyperkalemia ; hypertension ; hyponatremia ; kidney ; leucine ; mutation ; potassium ; progesterone ; protein ; receptor ; secretion ; serine ; sodium ; transcription ; transcription factor
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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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.