crystallin alpha B
The information on this page was automatically extracted from online scientific databases.
From NCBI Gene:
Mammalian lens crystallins are divided into alpha, beta, and gamma families. Alpha crystallins are composed of two gene products: alpha-A and alpha-B, for acidic and basic, respectively. Alpha crystallins can be induced by heat shock and are members of the small heat shock protein (HSP20) family. They act as molecular chaperones although they do not renature proteins and release them in the fashion of a true chaperone; instead they hold them in large soluble aggregates. Post-translational modifications decrease the ability to chaperone. These heterogeneous aggregates consist of 30-40 subunits; the alpha-A and alpha-B subunits have a 3:1 ratio, respectively. Two additional functions of alpha crystallins are an autokinase activity and participation in the intracellular architecture. The encoded protein has been identified as a moonlighting protein based on its ability to perform mechanistically distinct functions. Alpha-A and alpha-B gene products are differentially expressed; alpha-A is preferentially restricted to the lens and alpha-B is expressed widely in many tissues and organs. Elevated expression of alpha-B crystallin occurs in many neurological diseases; a missense mutation cosegregated in a family with a desmin-related myopathy. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants. [provided by RefSeq, Jan 2014]
May contribute to the transparency and refractive index of the lens. Has chaperone-like activity, preventing aggregation of various proteins under a wide range of stress conditions.
Covered on Genetics Home Reference:
From NCBI Gene:
- Fatal infantile hypertonic myofibrillar myopathy
- Dilated cardiomyopathy 1II
- Cataract 16, multiple types
- Alpha-B crystallinopathy
Cardiomyopathy, dilated 1II (CMD1II): A disorder characterized by ventricular dilation and impaired systolic function, resulting in congestive heart failure and arrhythmia. Patients are at risk of premature death. [MIM:615184]
Cataract 16, multiple types (CTRCT16): An opacification of the crystalline lens of the eye that frequently results in visual impairment or blindness. Opacities vary in morphology, are often confined to a portion of the lens, and may be static or progressive. In general, the more posteriorly located and dense an opacity, the greater the impact on visual function. CTRCT16 includes posterior polar cataract, among others. Posterior polar cataract is a subcapsular opacity, usually disk-shaped, located at the back of the lens. [MIM:613763]
Myopathy, myofibrillar, 2 (MFM2): A form of myofibrillar myopathy, a group of chronic neuromuscular disorders characterized at ultrastructural level by disintegration of the sarcomeric Z disc and myofibrils, and replacement of the normal myofibrillar markings by small dense granules, or larger hyaline masses, or amorphous material. MFM2 is characterized by weakness of the proximal and distal limb muscles, weakness of the neck, velopharynx and trunk muscles, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and cataract in a subset of patients. [MIM:608810]
Myopathy, myofibrillar, fatal infantile hypertonic, alpha-B crystallin-related (MFMFIH-CRYAB): A form of myofibrillar myopathy, a group of chronic neuromuscular disorders characterized at ultrastructural level by disintegration of the sarcomeric Z disc and myofibrils, and replacement of the normal myofibrillar markings by small dense granules, or larger hyaline masses, or amorphous material. MFMFIH-CRYAB has onset in the first weeks of life after a normal neonatal period. Affected infants show rapidly progressive muscular rigidity of the trunk and limbs associated with increasing respiratory difficulty resulting in death before age 3 years. [MIM:613869]