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What is the official name of the RYR2 gene?
The official name of this gene is “ryanodine receptor 2 (cardiac).”
RYR2 is the gene's official symbol. The RYR2 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 RYR2 gene?
The RYR2 gene provides instructions for making a protein called ryanodine receptor 2. This protein is part of a family of ryanodine receptors, which form channels that transport positively charged calcium atoms (calcium ions) within cells.
Channels made with the ryanodine receptor 2 protein are found in heart (cardiac) muscle cells called myocytes. These channels are embedded in the outer membrane of a cell structure called the sarcoplasmic reticulum, which acts as a storage center for calcium ions. The RYR2 channel controls the flow of calcium ions out of the sarcoplasmic reticulum.
For the heart to beat normally, the cardiac muscle must tense (contract) and relax in a coordinated way. This cycle of muscle contraction and relaxation results from the precise control of calcium ions within myocytes. In response to certain signals, the RYR2 channel releases calcium ions from the sarcoplasmic reticulum into the surrounding cell fluid (the cytoplasm). The resulting increase in calcium ion concentration triggers the cardiac muscle to contract, which pumps blood out of the heart. Calcium ions are then transported back into the sarcoplasmic reticulum, and the cardiac muscle relaxes. In this way, the release and reuptake of calcium ions in myocytes produces a regular heart rhythm.
Does the RYR2 gene share characteristics with other genes?
The RYR2 gene belongs to a family of genes called EF-hand domain containing (EF-hand domain containing).
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 RYR2 gene related to health conditions?
Genetics Home Reference provides information about arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, which is also associated with changes in the RYR2 gene.
Where is the RYR2 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 1q43
Molecular Location on chromosome 1: base pairs 237,042,238 to 237,833,988
The RYR2 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 1 at position 43.
More precisely, the RYR2 gene is located from base pair 237,042,238 to base pair 237,833,988 on chromosome 1.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about RYR2?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about RYR2 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 RYR2 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 RYR2?
You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference Glossary.
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.
References (9 links)
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.