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What is the official name of the CAV3 gene?
The official name of this gene is “caveolin 3.”
CAV3 is the gene's official symbol. The CAV3 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 CAV3 gene?
The CAV3 gene provides instructions for making a protein called caveolin-3, which is found in the membrane surrounding muscle cells. This protein is the main component of caveolae, small pouches in the muscle cell membrane. Within the caveolae, the caveolin-3 protein acts as a scaffold to organize other molecules that are important for cell signaling and maintenance of the cell structure.
How are changes in the CAV3 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the CAV3 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 3p25
Molecular Location on chromosome 3: base pairs 8,775,485 to 8,788,450
The CAV3 gene is located on the short (p) arm of chromosome 3 at position 25.
More precisely, the CAV3 gene is located from base pair 8,775,485 to base pair 8,788,450 on chromosome 3.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about CAV3?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about CAV3 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 CAV3 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 CAV3?
apoptosis ; arrhythmia ; cardiac ; cardiac arrest ; cardiomyopathy ; cell ; cell membrane ; distal ; enzyme ; fainting ; gene ; heart failure ; hypertrophic ; ions ; ion transport ; kinase ; long QT syndrome ; muscular dystrophy ; mutation ; protein ; skeletal muscle ; sodium ; syncope ; syndrome ; tissue ; wasting
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.