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SULTM gene family

Reviewed October 2012

What are the SULTM genes?

Genes in the SULTM family provide instructions for making enzymes called membrane-bound sulfotransferases. These enzymes carry out a process known as sulfation, in which a chemical group called a sulfate is transferred from one chemical compound to another. Most sulfotransferases get sulfates from a donor molecule called 3'-phosphoadenyl-5'-phosphosulfate (PAPS). The enzymes then add the sulfate to a variety of other protein, carbohydrate, and fat (lipid) molecules. Little is known about the molecules that are sulfated by these enzymes, although they probably play important roles in cell growth, signaling within cells, and protein-protein interactions.

Sulfotransferases in this family are described as membrane-bound because they are located in the membrane of a cell structure called the Golgi apparatus. The main function of this structure is to modify newly produced proteins.

Only a few human diseases have been associated with mutations in SULTM genes. For example, CHST3 gene mutations cause a form of skeletal dysplasia characterized by progressive bone and joint abnormalities. Mutations in other SULTM genes can cause abnormalities of the clear front covering of the eye (the cornea), chronic inflammation, and disorders of connective tissue (which normally supports the body's joints and organs).

Which genes are included in the SULTM gene family?

The HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) provides a list of genes in the SULTM familyThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference..

Genetics Home Reference summarizes the normal function and health implications of this member of the SULTM gene family: CHST3.

What conditions are related to genes in the SULTM gene family?

Genetics Home Reference includes these conditions related to genes in the SULTM gene family:

Where can I find additional information about the SULTM gene family?

You may find the following resources about the SULTM gene family helpful.

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 SULTM gene family?

carbohydrate ; cell ; chronic ; compound ; connective tissue ; cornea ; dysplasia ; gene ; Golgi apparatus ; inflammation ; joint ; lipid ; molecule ; protein ; sulfate ; tissue

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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Reviewed: October 2012
Published: July 21, 2014