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What is the official name of the TECTA gene?
The official name of this gene is “tectorin alpha.”
TECTA is the gene's official symbol. The TECTA 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 TECTA gene?
The TECTA gene provides instructions for making a protein called alpha-tectorin. This protein is found in the inner ear, as part of a structure called the tectorial membrane. The tectorial membrane helps to convert sound waves to nerve impulses, a critical process for normal hearing.
Alpha-tectorin interacts with other proteins to form the tectorial membrane. Two regions of the alpha-tectorin protein, called the vWFD domain and the zona pellucida domain, are important for protein interactions and assembly of the tectorial membrane.
How are changes in the TECTA gene related to health conditions?
Where is the TECTA gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 11q22-q24
Molecular Location on chromosome 11: base pairs 120,973,374 to 121,061,514
The TECTA gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 11 between positions 22 and 24.
More precisely, the TECTA gene is located from base pair 120,973,374 to base pair 121,061,514 on chromosome 11.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about TECTA?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about TECTA 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 TECTA 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 TECTA?
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.