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What is the official name of the CHM gene?
The official name of this gene is “choroideremia (Rab escort protein 1).”
CHM is the gene's official symbol. The CHM 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 CHM gene?
The CHM gene provides instructions for producing the Rab escort protein-1 (REP-1), which is active (expressed) throughout the body. As an escort protein, REP-1 attaches (binds) to one of a number of Rab proteins. Following a chemical modification, REP-1 then directs the Rab protein to the membrane of one of the cell's compartments (organelles). While attached to the membrane, the Rab protein plays a role in directing the movement of proteins and organelles within cells (intracellular trafficking). After the Rab protein has reached its destination, it is released by REP-1 which then attaches to another Rab protein to begin the process again.
How are changes in the CHM gene related to health conditions?
Where is the CHM gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: Xq21.2
Molecular Location on the X chromosome: base pairs 85,861,179 to 86,047,561
The CHM gene is located on the long (q) arm of the X chromosome at position 21.2.
More precisely, the CHM gene is located from base pair 85,861,179 to base pair 86,047,561 on the X chromosome.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about CHM?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about CHM 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 CHM 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 CHM?
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.