Reviewed February 2012
What is the official name of the RPL35A gene?
The official name of this gene is “ribosomal protein L35a.”
RPL35A is the gene's official symbol. The RPL35A gene is also known by other names, listed below.
What is the normal function of the RPL35A gene?
The RPL35A gene provides instructions for making one of approximately 80 different ribosomal proteins, which are components of cellular structures called ribosomes. Ribosomes process the cell's genetic instructions to create proteins.
Each ribosome is made up of two parts (subunits) called the large and small subunits. The protein produced from the RPL35A gene is among those found in the large subunit.
The specific functions of the RPL35A protein and the other ribosomal proteins within these subunits are unclear. Some ribosomal proteins are involved in the assembly or stability of ribosomes. Others help carry out the ribosome's main function of building new proteins. Studies suggest that some ribosomal proteins may have other functions, such as participating in chemical signaling pathways within the cell, regulating cell division, and controlling the self-destruction of cells (apoptosis).
Does the RPL35A gene share characteristics with other genes?
The RPL35A gene belongs to a family of genes called RPL (L ribosomal proteins).
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? (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/howgeneswork/genefamilies) in the Handbook.
How are changes in the RPL35A gene related to health conditions?
- Diamond-Blackfan anemia - caused by mutations in the RPL35A gene
At least five RPL35A gene mutations have been identified in individuals with Diamond-Blackfan anemia. These mutations are believed to affect the stability or function of the RPL35A protein. Studies indicate that a shortage of functioning ribosomal proteins may increase the self-destruction of blood-forming cells in the bone marrow, resulting in a low number of red blood cells (anemia). Abnormal regulation of cell division or inappropriate triggering of apoptosis may contribute to the other health problems and unusual physical features that affect some people with Diamond-Blackfan anemia.
Where is the RPL35A gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 3q29
Molecular Location on chromosome 3: base pairs 197,950,181 to 197,955,851
The RPL35A gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 3 at position 29.
More precisely, the RPL35A gene is located from base pair 197,950,181 to base pair 197,955,851 on chromosome 3.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/howgeneswork/genelocation) in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about RPL35A?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about RPL35A helpful.
You may also be interested in these resources, which are designed for genetics professionals and researchers.
- PubMed - Recent literature (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=%28%28RPL35A%5BTIAB%5D%29%20OR%20%28ribosomal%20protein%20L35a%5BTIAB%5D%29%29%20OR%20%2860S%20ribosomal%20protein%20L35a%5BTIAB%5D%29%20AND%20%28%28Genes%5BMH%5D%29%20OR%20%28Genetic%20Phenomena%5BMH%5D%29%29%20AND%20english%5Bla%5D%20AND%20human%5Bmh%5D%20AND%20%22last%203600%20days%22%5Bdp%5D)
- OMIM - Genetic disorder catalog (http://omim.org/entry/180468)
Research Resources - Tools for researchers
- Diamond-Blackfan Anemia Mutation Database (http://www.dbagenes.unito.it/home.php?select_db=RPL35A)
- HGNC Gene Family: L ribosomal proteins (http://www.genenames.org/cgi-bin/genefamilies/set/729)
- HGNC Gene Symbol Report (http://www.genenames.org/cgi-bin/gene_symbol_report?q=data/hgnc_data.php&hgnc_id=10345)
- NCBI Gene (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene/6165)
What other names do people use for the RPL35A gene or gene products?
- 60S ribosomal protein L35a
See How are genetic conditions and genes named? (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/mutationsanddisorders/naming) in the Handbook.
What glossary definitions help with understanding RPL35A?
bone marrow ;
cell division ;
You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference
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- Ellis SR, Gleizes PE. Diamond Blackfan anemia: ribosomal proteins going rogue. Semin Hematol. 2011 Apr;48(2):89-96. doi: 10.1053/j.seminhematol.2011.02.005. Review. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21435505?dopt=Abstract)
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- Farrar JE, Nater M, Caywood E, McDevitt MA, Kowalski J, Takemoto CM, Talbot CC Jr, Meltzer P, Esposito D, Beggs AH, Schneider HE, Grabowska A, Ball SE, Niewiadomska E, Sieff CA, Vlachos A, Atsidaftos E, Ellis SR, Lipton JM, Gazda HT, Arceci RJ. Abnormalities of the large ribosomal subunit protein, Rpl35a, in Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Blood. 2008 Sep 1;112(5):1582-92. doi: 10.1182/blood-2008-02-140012. Epub 2008 Jun 5. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18535205?dopt=Abstract)
- Ito E, Konno Y, Toki T, Terui K. Molecular pathogenesis in Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Int J Hematol. 2010 Oct;92(3):413-8. doi: 10.1007/s12185-010-0693-7. Epub 2010 Sep 30. Review. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20882441?dopt=Abstract)
- Lipton JM, Ellis SR. Diamond-Blackfan anemia: diagnosis, treatment, and molecular pathogenesis. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2009 Apr;23(2):261-82. doi: 10.1016/j.hoc.2009.01.004. Review. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19327583?dopt=Abstract)
- Narla A, Hurst SN, Ebert BL. Ribosome defects in disorders of erythropoiesis. Int J Hematol. 2011 Feb;93(2):144-9. doi: 10.1007/s12185-011-0776-0. Epub 2011 Feb 1. Review. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21279816?dopt=Abstract)
- NCBI Gene (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene/6165)
- OMIM: RIBOSOMAL PROTEIN L35A (http://omim.org/entry/180468)
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