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What is the official name of the ATP2A2 gene?
The official name of this gene is “ATPase, Ca++ transporting, cardiac muscle, slow twitch 2.”
ATP2A2 is the gene's official symbol. The ATP2A2 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 ATP2A2 gene?
The ATP2A2 gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum calcium-ATPase 2 (SERCA2). This enzyme belongs to a family of ATPase enzymes that helps control the level of positively charged calcium atoms (calcium ions) inside cells. Within the cell, SERCA2 is found in the endoplasmic reticulum and a related structure in muscle cells called the sarcoplasmic reticulum. The endoplasmic reticulum is a structure inside the cell that is involved in protein processing and transport. The sarcoplasmic reticulum assists with muscle contraction and relaxation by releasing and storing calcium ions. Calcium ions act as signals for a large number of activities that are important for the normal development and function of cells. SERCA2 allows calcium ions to pass into and out of the cell in response to cell signals.
Does the ATP2A2 gene share characteristics with other genes?
The ATP2A2 gene belongs to a family of genes called ATP (ATPase superfamily).
A gene family is a group of genes that share important characteristics. Classifying individual genes into families helps researchers describe how genes are related to each other. For more information, see What are gene families? in the Handbook.
How are changes in the ATP2A2 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the ATP2A2 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 12q24.11
Molecular Location on chromosome 12: base pairs 110,281,226 to 110,351,092
The ATP2A2 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 12 at position 24.11.
More precisely, the ATP2A2 gene is located from base pair 110,281,226 to base pair 110,351,092 on chromosome 12.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about ATP2A2?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about ATP2A2 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 ATP2A2 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 ATP2A2?
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.