Aliases for CYP26A1 Gene
External Ids for CYP26A1 Gene
This gene encodes a member of the cytochrome P450 superfamily of enzymes. The cytochrome P450 proteins are monooxygenases which catalyze many reactions involved in drug metabolism and synthesis of cholesterol, steroids and other lipids. This endoplasmic reticulum protein acts on retinoids, including all-trans-retinoic acid (RA), with both 4-hydroxylation and 18-hydroxylation activities. This enzyme regulates the cellular level of retinoic acid which is involved in regulation of gene expression in both embryonic and adult tissues. Two alternatively spliced transcript variants of this gene, which encode the distinct isoforms, have been reported. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for CYP26A1 Gene
CYP26A1 (Cytochrome P450, Family 26, Subfamily A, Polypeptide 1) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with CYP26A1 include imperforate anus and caudal regression syndrome. Among its related pathways are Metabolism and Vitamin A and carotenoid metabolism. GO annotations related to this gene include electron carrier activity and heme binding. An important paralog of this gene is CYP26C1.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CYP26A1 Gene
Plays a key role in retinoic acid metabolism. Acts on retinoids, including all-trans-retinoic acid (RA) and its stereoisomer 9-cis-RA. Capable of both 4-hydroxylation and 18-hydroxylation. Responsible for generation of several hydroxylated forms of RA, including 4-OH-RA, 4-oxo-RA and 18-OH-RA
Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) enzymes are a diverse group of catalysts that contains 57 members in humans. CYPs are usually membrane-bound and are localized to the inner mitochondrial or endoplasmic reticular membrane. CYPs have oxygenase activity and commonly catalyze redox reactions, involving the oxidation of the substrate and reduction of water. This group of enzymes contain a heme ion within the active site, which is essential for catalytic activity. CYPs have been found in all organisms tested and are ubiquitously expressed. They are found at high levels in the liver, where they have an important role in metabolism of drugs and endogenous toxic compounds (for example bilirubin). Most CYPs can metabolize numerous substrates and this accounts for their major role in drug interactions. CYPs also have functions in steroid hormone synthesis, cholesterol synthesis and vitamin D metabolism.