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What is the official name of the TECTA gene?
The official name of this gene is “tectorin alpha.”
TECTA is the gene's official symbol. The TECTA 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 TECTA gene?
The TECTA gene provides instructions for making a protein called alpha-tectorin. This protein is found in the tectorial membrane, which is part of a snail-shaped structure called the cochlea in the inner ear. The cochlea converts sound waves into nerve impulses, which are then transmitted to the brain. This process is critical for normal hearing.
Alpha-tectorin is large protein with multiple regions (called domains) through which it interacts with other proteins. These interactions are critical for the normal formation of the tectorial membrane.
How are changes in the TECTA gene related to health conditions?
Where is the TECTA gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 11q22-q24
Molecular Location on chromosome 11: base pairs 121,102,666 to 121,190,806
(Homo sapiens Annotation Release 107, GRCh38.p2) (
The TECTA gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 11 between positions 22 and 24.
More precisely, the TECTA gene is located from base pair 121,102,666 to base pair 121,190,806 on chromosome 11.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about TECTA?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about TECTA 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 TECTA 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 TECTA?
You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference Glossary.
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.
References (10 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.