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Endogenous ligands gene family
Reviewed May 2013
What are the endogenous ligands genes?
Genes in this family provide instructions for making specialized proteins called endogenous ligands. A ligand is a protein that attaches (binds) to another protein called a receptor; receptor proteins have specific sites into which the ligands fit like keys into locks. Endogenous ligands are those that are produced in the body, not those introduced into the body, such as certain drugs.
Together, ligands and their receptors trigger signals that affect cell development and function. Alterations in ligands can impair cell signaling and change the normal activities of cells. Because ligands mediate many different functions in the body, mutations in genes in the endogenous ligands gene family can have a variety of effects.
Which genes are included in the endogenous ligands gene family?
The HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) provides a list of genes in the endogenous ligands
What conditions are related to genes in the endogenous ligands gene family?
Genetics Home Reference includes these conditions related to genes in the endogenous ligands gene family:
Where can I find general information about genes and gene families?
The Handbook provides basic information about genetics in clear language.
What glossary definitions help with understanding the endogenous ligands gene family?
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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