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Reviewed October 2012

What is the official name of the RBM8A gene?

The official name of this gene is “RNA binding motif protein 8A.”

RBM8A is the gene's official symbol. The RBM8A gene is also known by other names, listed below.

What is the normal function of the RBM8A gene?

The RBM8A gene provides instructions for making a protein called RNA-binding motif protein 8A. This protein is believed to be involved in several important cellular functions involving protein production. These functions include helping to transport molecules called messenger RNA (mRNA), which serve as the genetic blueprint for making proteins. RNA-binding motif protein 8A likely carries mRNA molecules from the nucleus to areas of the cell where proteins are assembled. It may also be involved in controlling how the instructions in mRNA molecules are used to build proteins and in destroying mRNA that is defective or not needed.

How are changes in the RBM8A gene related to health conditions?

thrombocytopenia-absent radius syndrome - caused by mutations in the RBM8A gene

Mutations in the RBM8A gene cause thrombocytopenia-absent radius (TAR) syndrome. This disorder is characterized by the absence of a bone called the radius in each forearm and a shortage (deficiency) of blood cells involved in clotting (platelets).

Most people with TAR syndrome have a mutation in one copy of the RBM8A gene and a deletion of genetic material from chromosome 1 that includes the other copy of the RBM8A gene in each cell. A small number of affected individuals have mutations in both copies of the RBM8A gene in each cell and do not have a deletion on chromosome 1. RBM8A gene mutations that cause TAR syndrome reduce the amount of RNA-binding motif protein 8A in cells. The deletions involved in TAR syndrome eliminate at least 200,000 DNA building blocks (200 kilobases, or 200 kb) from the long (q) arm of chromosome 1 in a region called 1q21.1. The deletion eliminates one copy of the RBM8A gene in each cell and the RNA-binding motif protein 8A that would have been produced from it.

People with either an RBM8A gene mutation and a chromosome 1 deletion or with two gene mutations have a decreased amount of RNA-binding motif protein 8A. This reduction is thought to cause problems in the development of certain tissues, but it is unknown how it causes the specific signs and symptoms of TAR syndrome. No cases have been reported in which a deletion that includes the RBM8A gene occurs on both copies of chromosome 1; studies indicate that the complete loss of RNA-binding motif protein 8A is not compatible with life.

Where is the RBM8A gene located?

Cytogenetic Location: 1q21.1

Molecular Location on chromosome 1: base pairs 145,921,555 to 145,927,535

The RBM8A gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 1 at position 21.1.

The RBM8A gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 1 at position 21.1.

More precisely, the RBM8A gene is located from base pair 145,921,555 to base pair 145,927,535 on chromosome 1.

See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? ( in the Handbook.

Where can I find additional information about RBM8A?

You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about RBM8A 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 RBM8A gene or gene products?

  • binder of OVCA1-1
  • BOV-1
  • BOV-1A
  • BOV-1B
  • BOV-1C
  • MDS014
  • RBM8
  • RBM8B
  • ribonucleoprotein RBM8
  • ribonucleoprotein RBM8A
  • RNA-binding motif protein 8A
  • RNA binding motif protein 8B
  • RNA-binding protein 8A
  • RNA-binding protein Y14
  • TAR
  • Y14
  • ZNRP
  • ZRNP1

See How are genetic conditions and genes named? ( in the Handbook.

What glossary definitions help with understanding RBM8A?

cell ; chromosome ; clotting ; deficiency ; deletion ; DNA ; gene ; kb ; messenger RNA ; motif ; mRNA ; mutation ; nucleus ; platelets ; protein ; RNA ; syndrome ; thrombocytopenia

You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference Glossary (


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  • NCBI Gene (
  • Salicioni AM, Xi M, Vanderveer LA, Balsara B, Testa JR, Dunbrack RL Jr, Godwin AK. Identification and structural analysis of human RBM8A and RBM8B: two highly conserved RNA-binding motif proteins that interact with OVCA1, a candidate tumor suppressor. Genomics. 2000 Oct 1;69(1):54-62. (


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.

Reviewed: October 2012
Published: March 23, 2015