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What is the official name of the RS1 gene?
The official name of this gene is “retinoschisin 1.”
RS1 is the gene's official symbol. The RS1 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 RS1 gene?
The RS1 gene provides instructions for making a protein called retinoschisin, which is found in the retina. The retina is a specialized light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. Retinoschisin attaches (binds) to the surface of specialized cells within the retina that detect light and color (photoreceptor cells). The protein also binds to bipolar cells, which relay light signals from photoreceptor cells to other retinal cells. Studies suggest that retinoschisin plays a role in the development and maintenance of the retina and its specialized cells. Retinoschisin is likely involved in the organization of cells in the retina by attaching cells together (cell adhesion).
How are changes in the RS1 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the RS1 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: Xp22.13
Molecular Location on the X chromosome: base pairs 18,639,688 to 18,672,103
(Homo sapiens Annotation Release 107, GRCh38.p2) (
The RS1 gene is located on the short (p) arm of the X chromosome at position 22.13.
More precisely, the RS1 gene is located from base pair 18,639,688 to base pair 18,672,103 on the X chromosome.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about RS1?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about RS1 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 RS1 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 RS1?
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.