Aliases for BIRC5 Gene
External Ids for BIRC5 Gene
Previous HGNC Symbols for BIRC5 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for BIRC5 Gene
This gene is a member of the inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) gene family, which encode negative regulatory proteins that prevent apoptotic cell death. IAP family members usually contain multiple baculovirus IAP repeat (BIR) domains, but this gene encodes proteins with only a single BIR domain. The encoded proteins also lack a C-terminus RING finger domain. Gene expression is high during fetal development and in most tumors, yet low in adult tissues. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding distinct isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Jun 2011]
GeneCards Summary for BIRC5 Gene
BIRC5 (Baculoviral IAP Repeat Containing 5) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with BIRC5 include Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma and Childhood Malignant Schwannoma. Among its related pathways are Pathways in cancer and Signaling by GPCR. GO annotations related to this gene include protein homodimerization activity and protein heterodimerization activity.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for BIRC5 Gene
Multitasking protein that has dual roles in promoting cell proliferation and preventing apoptosis. Component of a chromosome passage protein complex (CPC) which is essential for chromosome alignment and segregation during mitosis and cytokinesis. Acts as an important regulator of the localization of this complex; directs CPC movement to different locations from the inner centromere during prometaphase to midbody during cytokinesis and participates in the organization of the center spindle by associating with polymerized microtubules. The complex with RAN plays a role in mitotic spindle formation by serving as a physical scaffold to help deliver the RAN effector molecule TPX2 to microtubules. May counteract a default induction of apoptosis in G2/M phase. The acetylated form represses STAT3 transactivation of target gene promoters. May play a role in neoplasia. Inhibitor of CASP3 and CASP7. Isoform 2 and isoform 3 do not appear to play vital roles in mitosis. Isoform 3 shows a marked reduction in its anti-apoptotic effects when compared with the displayed wild-type isoform.