eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4H
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From NCBI Gene:
This gene encodes one of the translation initiation factors, which functions to stimulate the initiation of protein synthesis at the level of mRNA utilization. This gene is deleted in Williams syndrome, a multisystem developmental disorder caused by the deletion of contiguous genes at 7q11.23. Alternative splicing of this gene generates 2 transcript variants. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
Stimulates the RNA helicase activity of EIF4A in the translation initiation complex. Binds weakly mRNA.
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EIF4H is located in the Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) critical region. WBS results from a hemizygous deletion of several genes on chromosome 7q11.23, thought to arise as a consequence of unequal crossing over between highly homologous low-copy repeat sequences flanking the deleted region. Haploinsufficiency of EIF4H may be the cause of certain cardiovascular and musculo-skeletal abnormalities observed in the disease.