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ZC2HC gene family
Reviewed August 2013
What are the ZC2HC genes?
Genes in the ZC2HC family provide instructions for making proteins known as C2HC-type zinc finger proteins. This type is a subset of a much larger group of zinc finger proteins, which are involved in many cellular functions.
Zinc finger proteins contain one or more short regions called zinc finger domains. These regions include a specific pattern of protein building blocks (amino acids) and one or more charged atoms of zinc (zinc ions). C2HC refers to the particular sequence of the amino acids cysteine and histidine found in C2HC-type zinc finger proteins. These amino acids fold around one or more zinc ions, making the protein very stable and enabling it to attach (bind) firmly to other molecules.
Little is known about the function of C2HC-containing zinc finger proteins. Unlike many other zinc finger proteins, most proteins of this type do not appear to bind to DNA. However, these proteins may interact with RNA, a chemical cousin of DNA. C2HC-containing zinc finger proteins may also help to modify other proteins.
Which genes are included in the ZC2HC gene family?
The HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) provides a list of genes in the ZC2HC
What conditions are related to genes in the ZC2HC gene family?
Genetics Home Reference includes these conditions related to genes in the ZC2HC gene family:
Where can I find additional information about the ZC2HC gene family?
You may find the following resources about the ZC2HC gene family helpful.
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 ZC2HC gene family?
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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