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SH2 domain containing gene family

Reviewed December 2013

What are the SH2 domain containing genes?

Genes in the SH2 domain containing family provide instructions for making proteins that contain one or more regions called Src homology 2 (SH2) domains. These domains, which are made up of similar sequences of protein building blocks (amino acids), were originally identified in a protein called Src. More than 100 proteins in humans are currently thought to contain at least one SH2 domain.

Proteins with SH2 domains are involved in the transmission of chemical signals from a cell's surroundings to the interior of the cell, a process called signal transduction. Proteins with SH2 domains help start, stop, or regulate various signal transduction pathways by interacting with other proteins, especially enzymes called tyrosine kinases. These interactions occur when an SH2 domain attaches (binds) to a particular location on the tyrosine kinase or other protein. Specifically, SH2 domains bind to a protein building block (amino acid) called tyrosine that has been modified by the addition of a cluster of phosphorus and oxygen atoms (a phosphate group).

SH2 domain containing genes are critical for many cell activities, and mutations in these genes have wide-ranging health effects. Mutations in more than a dozen SH2 domain containing genes have been found to cause disorders characterized by immune system malfunction, hormone abnormalities, problems with development, or cancer. Changes in SH2 domain containing genes have also been associated with autoimmune disorders, which occur when the immune system malfunctions and attacks the body's tissues and organs.

Which genes are included in the SH2 domain containing gene family?

The HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) provides an index of gene familiesThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. and their member genes.

Genetics Home Reference summarizes the normal function and health implications of these members of the SH2 domain containing gene family: BTK, CHN1, JAK2, PIK3R1, PTPN11, RASA1, SH2D1A, SH3BP2, STAT3, STAT4, and ZAP70.

What conditions are related to genes in the SH2 domain containing gene family?

Where can I find additional information about the SH2 domain containing 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 SH2 domain containing gene family?

acids ; acute ; amino acid ; autoimmune ; cancer ; cell ; domain ; homology ; hormone ; immune system ; kinase ; oxygen ; phosphatase ; phosphate ; phosphorus ; protein ; RAS ; receptor ; signal transduction ; subunit ; transcription ; transduction ; tyrosine

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: December 2013
Published: August 3, 2015