Aliases for ALOX12 Gene
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GeneCards Summary for ALOX12 Gene
ALOX12 (Arachidonate 12-Lipoxygenase) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with ALOX12 include essential thrombocythemia and atherosclerosis. Among its related pathways are Metabolism and Metabolism. GO annotations related to this gene include iron ion binding and arachidonate 12-lipoxygenase activity. An important paralog of this gene is ALOX5.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for ALOX12 Gene
Non-heme iron-containing dioxygenase that catalyzes the stereo-specific peroxidation of free and esterified polyunsaturated fatty acids generating a spectrum of bioactive lipid mediators. Mainly converts arachidonic acid to (12S)-hydroperoxyeicosatetraenoic acid/(12S)-HPETE but can also metabolize linoleic acid. Has a dual activity since it also converts leukotriene A4/LTA4 into both the bioactive lipoxin A4/LXA4 and lipoxin B4/LXB4. Through the production of specific bioactive lipids like (12S)-HPETE it regulates different biological processes including platelet activation. It also probably positively regulates angiogenesis through regulation of the expression of the vascular endothelial growth factor. Plays a role in apoptotic process, promoting the survival of vascular smooth muscle cells for instance. May also play a role in the control of cell migration and proliferation.
Lipoxygenases (LOXs) are a family of non-heme iron dioxygenases that are involved in the production and metabolism of fatty acid hydroperoxidases. There are six lipoxygenase isozymes; 5-LOX, 12R-LOX, 12S-LOX, 15-LOX-1 and 15-LOX-2, which catalyze the regio-selective addition of oxygen into arachidonic acid, and epidermal LOX (E-LOX) which metabolizes 12R-hydroperoxyeicosatetraenoic acid (12R-HPETE) to a specific epoxyalcohol compound. Different isozymes have different physiological roles; 5-, 12R-, 12S- and 15-LOX-1 have proliferative, antiapoptotic and angiogenic functions whilst 15-LOX-2 has roles in differentiation, growth arrest and the induction of apoptosis. E-LOX, the most divergent member of this family, is involved in terminal differentiation of keratinocytes and has a major role in skin barrier function. Perturbations in lipoxygenase enzymes have been implicated in various human diseases including bronchial asthma, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis and some cancers.