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The official name of this gene is “LIM homeobox transcription factor 1, beta.”
LMX1B is the gene's official symbol. The LMX1B gene is also known by other names, listed below.
The LMX1B gene provides instructions for producing a protein that attaches (binds) to specific regions of DNA and regulates the activity of other genes. On the basis of this role, the LMX1B protein is called a transcription factor. The LMX1B protein appears to be particularly important during early embryonic development of the limbs, kidneys, and eyes.
The LMX1B gene belongs to a family of genes called homeobox (homeoboxes).
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? (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/howgeneswork/genefamilies) in the Handbook.
At least 145 mutations in the LMX1B gene have been found to cause nail-patella syndrome. Most mutations result in the production of an abnormally short, nonfunctional version of the LMX1B protein or change a single protein building block (amino acid). Mutations that substitute one amino acid for another amino acid reduce or eliminate the protein's ability to bind to DNA, disrupting the regulation of other genes during early development. Deletions of the entire LMX1B gene or large portions of the gene have also been shown to cause nail patella syndrome. It is unclear exactly how mutations in the LMX1B gene lead to the signs and symptoms of nail-patella syndrome.
Cytogenetic Location: 9q33.3
Molecular Location on chromosome 9: base pairs 129,376,721 to 129,463,310
The LMX1B gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 9 at position 33.3.
More precisely, the LMX1B gene is located from base pair 129,376,721 to base pair 129,463,310 on chromosome 9.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/howgeneswork/genelocation) in the Handbook.
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amino acid ; DNA ; embryonic ; gene ; homeobox ; patella ; protein ; syndrome ; transcription ; transcription factor
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