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MYBP gene family

Reviewed February 2013

What are the MYBP genes?

Genes in the MYBP gene family provide instructions for making myosin binding proteins. These proteins have the ability to attach (bind) to another protein called myosin. Two types of myosin binding protein are produced from the instructions carried in the genes in this family: myosin binding protein C (MyBP-C) and myosin binding protein H (MyBP-H). There are three versions of MyBP-C, each produced from a different gene; the fast type and slow type are found in muscles that help the body move (skeletal muscles), and the cardiac type is found in heart muscles. MyBP-H is found in skeletal muscles and a specialized tissue of the heart.

Myosin plays an important role in muscle contraction. In muscle cells, myosin proteins organize to form thick filaments that are part of structures called sarcomeres, the basic unit of muscle contraction. Interaction with MyBP-C helps myosin proteins properly organize into thick filaments. MyBP-C stabilizes thick filaments, keeping them from being broken down. In the heart, cardiac MyBP-C is thought to regulate the rate of muscle contraction. Mutations in the gene that provides instructions for making cardiac MyBP-C are a common cause of familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that can cause abnormal heart rhythms and sudden death.

The role of MyBP-H is not fully understood. MyBP-H can bind myosin and help organize thick filaments, but it is unclear what role this protein plays in the body.

Which genes are included in the MYBP gene family?

The HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) provides a list of genes in the MYBP familyThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference..

Genetics Home Reference summarizes the normal function and health implications of these members of the MYBP gene family: MYBPC1 and MYBPC3.

What conditions are related to genes in the MYBP gene family?

Genetics Home Reference includes these conditions related to genes in the MYBP gene family:

Where can I find additional information about the MYBP gene family?

Where can I find general information about genes and gene families?

The Handbook provides basic information about genetics in clear language.

What glossary definitions help with understanding the MYBP gene family?

cardiac ; cardiomyopathy ; contraction ; familial ; gene ; hypertrophic ; muscle cells ; myosin ; protein ; 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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Reviewed: February 2013
Published: March 23, 2015