Aliases for C8A Gene
External Ids for C8A Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for C8A Gene
C8 is a component of the complement system and contains three polypeptides, alpha, beta and gamma. This gene encodes the alpha subunit of C8. C8 participates in the formation of the membrane attack complex (MAC). The MAC assembles on bacterial membranes to form a pore, permitting disruption of bacterial membrane organization. Mutations in this gene cause complement C8 alpha-gamma deficiency. [provided by RefSeq, Nov 2008]
GeneCards Summary for C8A Gene
C8A (Complement Component 8, Alpha Polypeptide) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with C8A include c8 deficiency, type i and immunodeficiency due to a late component of complements deficiency. Among its related pathways are Complement and coagulation cascades and Amoebiasis. An important paralog of this gene is C6.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for C8A Gene
Constituent of the membrane attack complex (MAC) that plays a key role in the innate and adaptive immune response by forming pores in the plasma membrane of target cells. C8A inserts into the target membrane, but does not form pores by itself.