Aliases for CDH4 Gene
External Ids for CDH4 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for CDH4 Gene
This gene is a classical cadherin from the cadherin superfamily. The encoded protein is a calcium-dependent cell-cell adhesion glycoprotein comprised of five extracellular cadherin repeats, a transmembrane region and a highly conserved cytoplasmic tail. Based on studies in chicken and mouse, this cadherin is thought to play an important role during brain segmentation and neuronal outgrowth. In addition, a role in kidney and muscle development is indicated. Of particular interest are studies showing stable cis-heterodimers of cadherins 2 and 4 in cotransfected cell lines. Previously thought to interact in an exclusively homophilic manner, this is the first evidence of cadherin heterodimerization. Three transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Nov 2011]
GeneCards Summary for CDH4 Gene
CDH4 (Cadherin 4) is a Protein Coding gene. Among its related pathways are Nanog in Mammalian ESC Pluripotency and Adhesion. GO annotations related to this gene include calcium ion binding. An important paralog of this gene is CDH2.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CDH4 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. May play an important role in retinal development.