What is the official name of the TRAF6 gene?
The official name of this gene is “TNF receptor associated factor 6.”
TRAF6 is the gene's official symbol. The TRAF6 gene is also known by other names, listed below.
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What is the normal function of the TRAF6 gene?
- From NCBI Gene:
The protein encoded by this gene is a member of the TNF receptor associated factor (TRAF) protein family. TRAF proteins are associated with, and mediate signal transduction from, members of the TNF receptor superfamily. This protein mediates signaling from members of the TNF receptor superfamily as well as the Toll/IL-1 family. Signals from receptors such as CD40, TNFSF11/RANCE and IL-1 have been shown to be mediated by this protein. This protein also interacts with various protein kinases including IRAK1/IRAK, SRC and PKCzeta, which provides a link between distinct signaling pathways. This protein functions as a signal transducer in the NF-kappaB pathway that activates IkappaB kinase (IKK) in response to proinflammatory cytokines. The interaction of this protein with UBE2N/UBC13, and UBE2V1/UEV1A, which are ubiquitin conjugating enzymes catalyzing the formation of polyubiquitin chains, has been found to be required for IKK activation by this protein. This protein also interacts with the transforming growth factor (TGF) beta receptor complex and is required for Smad-independent activation of the JNK and p38 kinases. This protein has an amino terminal RING domain which is followed by four zinc-finger motifs, a central coiled-coil region and a highly conserved carboxyl terminal domain, known as the TRAF-C domain. Two alternatively spliced transcript variants, encoding an identical protein, have been reported. [provided by RefSeq, Feb 2012]
- From UniProt (TRAF6_HUMAN):
E3 ubiquitin ligase that, together with UBE2N and UBE2V1, mediates the synthesis of 'Lys-63'-linked-polyubiquitin chains conjugated to proteins, such as IKBKG, IRAK1, AKT1 and AKT2. Also mediates ubiquitination of free/unanchored polyubiquitin chain that leads to MAP3K7 activation. Leads to the activation of NF-kappa-B and JUN. May be essential for the formation of functional osteoclasts. Seems to also play a role in dendritic cells (DCs) maturation and/or activation. Represses c-Myb-mediated transactivation, in B-lymphocytes. Adapter protein that seems to play a role in signal transduction initiated via TNF receptor, IL-1 receptor and IL-17 receptor. Regulates osteoclast differentiation by mediating the activation of adapter protein complex 1 (AP-1) and NF-kappa-B, in response to RANK-L stimulation. Together with MAP3K8, mediates CD40 signals that activate ERK in B-cells and macrophages, and thus may play a role in the regulation of immunoglobulin production.
How are changes in the TRAF6 gene related to health conditions?
- Genetics Home Reference provides information about rheumatoid arthritis, which is associated with changes in the TRAF6 gene.
- OMIM.org, a catalog designed for genetics professionals and researchers, provides the following information about the TRAF6 gene and its association with health conditions.
Where is the TRAF6 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 11p12
Molecular Location on chromosome 11: base pairs 36,483,767 to 36,510,313
(Homo sapiens Annotation Release 107, GRCh38.p2) (NCBI
The TRAF6 gene is located on the short (p) arm of chromosome 11 at position 12.
More precisely, the TRAF6 gene is located from base pair 36,483,767 to base pair 36,510,313 on chromosome 11.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about TRAF6?
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- OMIM - Genetic disorder catalog
- Research Resources - Tools for researchers
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