Aliases for CDH18 Gene
External Ids for CDH18 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for CDH18 Gene
This gene encodes a type II classical cadherin from the cadherin superfamily of integral membrane proteins that mediate calcium-dependent cell-cell adhesion. Mature cadherin proteins are composed of a large N-terminal extracellular domain, a single membrane-spanning domain, and a small, highly conserved C-terminal cytoplasmic domain. Type II (atypical) cadherins are defined based on their lack of a HAV cell adhesion recognition sequence specific to type I cadherins. This particular cadherin is expressed specifically in the central nervous system and is putatively involved in synaptic adhesion, axon outgrowth and guidance. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, May 2014]
GeneCards Summary for CDH18 Gene
CDH18 (Cadherin 18) is a Protein Coding gene. Among its related pathways are Nanog in Mammalian ESC Pluripotency and Cell junction organization. GO annotations related to this gene include calcium ion binding. An important paralog of this gene is CDH7.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CDH18 Gene
Cadherins are calcium-dependent cell adhesion proteins. They preferentially interact with themselves in a homophilic manner in connecting cells; cadherins may thus contribute to the sorting of heterogeneous cell types.