AT-hook DNA binding motif containing 1
The AHDC1 gene provides instructions for making a protein whose function is not known. The AHDC1 protein is found in the nucleus of cells, and a region of the protein is thought to allow it to attach (bind) to DNA. Based on its location and possible DNA-binding ability, researchers suspect the protein may help control the activity of other genes.
More than 25 mutations in the AHDC1 gene have been found to cause Xia-Gibbs syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by intellectual disability and delayed speech development. A variety of other signs and symptoms can also occur in this disorder, such as weak muscle tone, growth impairment, and unusual facial features. Most of the AHDC1 gene mutations involved in Xia-Gibbs syndrome lead to production of abnormally short AHDC1 proteins. The effects of these changes in cells are unclear. The shortened proteins may be quickly broken down or be unable to function. Or, the abnormal proteins may interfere with the function of AHDC1 proteins produced from the normal copy of the gene. Some people with Xia-Gibbs syndrome have a mutation that removes (deletes) the AHDC1 gene (and other nearby genes), although it is unclear if such mutations cause the condition.
Researchers suspect that a reduction in the amount of functional AHDC1 protein prevents normal brain development, leading to intellectual disability, speech problems, and other neurological features of Xia-Gibbs syndrome. Abnormal development of other body systems caused by a shortage of AHDC1 protein may account for additional signs and symptoms of the condition.
- AT-HOOK DNA-BINDING MOTIF-CONTAINING PROTEIN 1