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What is the official name of the ASS1 gene?
The official name of this gene is “argininosuccinate synthase 1.”
ASS1 is the gene's official symbol. The ASS1 gene is also known by other names, listed below.
Read more about gene names and symbols on the About page.
What is the normal function of the ASS1 gene?
The ASS1 gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called argininosuccinate synthase 1. This enzyme participates in the urea cycle, which is a sequence of chemical reactions that takes place in liver cells. The urea cycle processes excess nitrogen that is generated as the body uses proteins. The excess nitrogen is used to make a compound called urea, which is excreted from the body in urine.
Argininosuccinate synthase 1 is responsible for the third step of the urea cycle. This step combines two protein building blocks (amino acids), citrulline and aspartate, to form a molecule called argininosuccinic acid. A series of additional chemical reactions uses argininosuccinic acid to form urea.
How are changes in the ASS1 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the ASS1 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 9q34.1
Molecular Location on chromosome 9: base pairs 133,320,093 to 133,376,660
The ASS1 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 9 at position 34.1.
More precisely, the ASS1 gene is located from base pair 133,320,093 to base pair 133,376,660 on chromosome 9.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about ASS1?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about ASS1 helpful.
You may also be interested in these resources, which are designed for genetics professionals and researchers.
What other names do people use for the ASS1 gene or gene products?
See How are genetic conditions and genes named? in the Handbook.
Where can I find general information about genes?
The Handbook provides basic information about genetics in clear language.
These links provide additional genetics resources that may be useful.
What glossary definitions help with understanding ASS1?
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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The resources on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Users seeking information about a personal genetic disease, syndrome, or condition should consult with a qualified healthcare professional. See How can I find a genetics professional in my area? in the Handbook.