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What is the official name of the EHMT1 gene?
The official name of this gene is “euchromatic histone-lysine N-methyltransferase 1.”
EHMT1 is the gene's official symbol. The EHMT1 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 EHMT1 gene?
The EHMT1 gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called euchromatic histone methyltransferase 1. Histone methyltransferases are enzymes that modify proteins called histones. Histones are structural proteins that attach (bind) to DNA and give chromosomes their shape. By adding a molecule called a methyl group to histones, histone methyltransferases can turn off (suppress) the activity of certain genes, which is essential for normal development and function.
Does the EHMT1 gene share characteristics with other genes?
The EHMT1 gene belongs to a family of genes called chromatin-modifying enzymes (chromatin-modifying enzymes).
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 EHMT1 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the EHMT1 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 9q34.3
Molecular Location on chromosome 9: base pairs 140,513,443 to 140,730,578
The EHMT1 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 9 at position 34.3.
More precisely, the EHMT1 gene is located from base pair 140,513,443 to base pair 140,730,578 on chromosome 9.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about EHMT1?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about EHMT1 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 EHMT1 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 EHMT1?
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.