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What is the official name of the FBN2 gene?
The official name of this gene is “fibrillin 2.”
FBN2 is the gene's official symbol. The FBN2 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 FBN2 gene?
The FBN2 gene provides instructions for making a large protein called fibrillin-2. This protein is transported out of cells into the extracellular matrix, which is an intricate lattice of proteins and other molecules that forms in the spaces between cells. In this matrix, fibrillin-2 binds to other proteins to form threadlike filaments called microfibrils. Microfibrils become part of elastic fibers which enable the skin, ligaments, and blood vessels to stretch. Researchers have suggested that fibrillin-2 plays a role in directing the assembly of elastic fibers during embryonic development. Microfibrils also contribute to more rigid tissues that support the lens of the eye, nerves, and muscles. Additionally, microfibrils hold certain growth factors called transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) proteins, which keeps them inactive. When released from microfibrils, TGF-beta growth factors are activated and affect the growth and repair of tissues throughout the body.
How are changes in the FBN2 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the FBN2 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 5q23-q31
Molecular Location on chromosome 5: base pairs 128,257,908 to 128,538,041
The FBN2 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 5 between positions 23 and 31.
More precisely, the FBN2 gene is located from base pair 128,257,908 to base pair 128,538,041 on chromosome 5.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about FBN2?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about FBN2 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 FBN2 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 FBN2?
You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference Glossary.
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.
References (6 links)
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.