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What is the official name of the NR5A1 gene?
The official name of this gene is “nuclear receptor subfamily 5, group A, member 1.”
NR5A1 is the gene's official symbol. The NR5A1 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 NR5A1 gene?
The NR5A1 gene provides instructions for producing a transcription factor called the steroidogenic factor 1. A transcription factor is a protein that attaches (binds) to specific regions of DNA and helps control the activity of particular genes. Steroidogenic factor 1 helps control the activity of several genes related to the development of the gonads (ovaries and testes) and the adrenal glands, which are small glands located on top of each kidney.
Does the NR5A1 gene share characteristics with other genes?
The NR5A1 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 NR5A1 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the NR5A1 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 9q33
Molecular Location on chromosome 9: base pairs 124,481,231 to 124,507,486
The NR5A1 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 9 at position 33.
More precisely, the NR5A1 gene is located from base pair 124,481,231 to base pair 124,507,486 on chromosome 9.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about NR5A1?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about NR5A1 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 NR5A1 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 NR5A1?
adrenal glands ; cell ; chromosome ; deficiency ; differentiation ; DNA ; dysgenesis ; gene ; genitalia ; genitals ; hormone ; kidney ; protein ; receptor ; sex chromosomes ; syndrome ; testes ; 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.