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What is the official name of the STRC gene?
The official name of this gene is “stereocilin.”
STRC is the gene's official symbol. The STRC 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 STRC gene?
The STRC gene provides instructions for making a protein called stereocilin. This protein is found in the inner ear and appears to be involved in hearing.
Stereocilin is associated with hairlike structures called stereocilia, which project from specialized cells called hair cells in the inner ear. Specifically, stereocilin helps to maintain the structure of stereocilia by linking their tips to one another. Stereocilia bend in response to sound waves, triggering a series of reactions within hair cells that generate a nerve impulse. Such nerve impulses are transmitted via the auditory nerve to the brain, where they are interpreted as sound.
How are changes in the STRC gene related to health conditions?
Where is the STRC gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 15q15.3
Molecular Location on chromosome 15: base pairs 43,599,243 to 43,711,486
(Homo sapiens Annotation Release 107, GRCh38.p2) (
The STRC gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 15 at position 15.3.
More precisely, the STRC gene is located from base pair 43,599,243 to base pair 43,711,486 on chromosome 15.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about STRC?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about STRC 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 STRC 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 STRC?
auditory ; auditory nerve ; autosomal ; autosomal recessive ; cell ; chromosome ; deletion ; DNA ; gene ; hair cells ; infertility ; mutation ; postlingual ; prelingual ; protein ; pseudogene ; recessive ; sensorineural
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.