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What is the official name of the ATP6V0A2 gene?
The official name of this gene is “ATPase, H+ transporting, lysosomal V0 subunit a2.”
ATP6V0A2 is the gene's official symbol. The ATP6V0A2 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 ATP6V0A2 gene?
The ATP6V0A2 gene provides instructions for making one part, the a2 subunit, of a large protein complex (a group of proteins that work together). This protein complex is known as a vacuolar H+-ATPase (V-ATPase). A V-ATPase acts as a pump to move positively charged hydrogen atoms (protons) across cell membranes.
V-ATPases are embedded in the membranes surrounding cells, where they transport protons into and out of cells. This movement of protons helps regulate the relative acidity (pH) of cells and their surrounding environment. Tight control of pH is necessary for most biological reactions to proceed properly.
Within cells, V-ATPases help regulate the pH of particular cell compartments. These compartments include endosomes and lysosomes, which digest and recycle materials that the cell no longer needs. Studies suggest that V-ATPases are also involved in the movement (trafficking) of small sac-like structures called vesicles. Vesicles transport many types of molecules within cells.
V-ATPases also play a key role in a complex process called glycosylation, in which proteins are modified by adding sugar molecules. Glycosylation is necessary for the normal function of many different kinds of proteins. V-ATPases regulate the pH of a cellular structure called the Golgi apparatus, where glycosylation occurs.
Does the ATP6V0A2 gene share characteristics with other genes?
The ATP6V0A2 gene belongs to a family of genes called ATP (ATPase superfamily).
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 ATP6V0A2 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the ATP6V0A2 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 12q24.31
Molecular Location on chromosome 12: base pairs 123,712,317 to 123,761,754
The ATP6V0A2 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 12 at position 24.31.
More precisely, the ATP6V0A2 gene is located from base pair 123,712,317 to base pair 123,761,754 on chromosome 12.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about ATP6V0A2?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about ATP6V0A2 helpful.
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What other names do people use for the ATP6V0A2 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 ATP6V0A2?
acidity ; autosomal ; autosomal recessive ; cell ; congenital ; connective tissue ; elastic ; endosomes ; gene ; glycosylation ; Golgi apparatus ; pH ; protein ; proton ; recessive ; subunit ; syndrome ; tissue
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.