Aliases for FLT3 Gene
External Ids for FLT3 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for FLT3 Gene
This gene encodes a class III receptor tyrosine kinase that regulates hematopoiesis. This receptor is activated by binding of the fms-related tyrosine kinase 3 ligand to the extracellular domain, which induces homodimer formation in the plasma membrane leading to autophosphorylation of the receptor. The activated receptor kinase subsequently phosphorylates and activates multiple cytoplasmic effector molecules in pathways involved in apoptosis, proliferation, and differentiation of hematopoietic cells in bone marrow. Mutations that result in the constitutive activation of this receptor result in acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. [provided by RefSeq, Jan 2015]
FLT3 is an important cytokine receptor involved in normal hematopoiesis. Mutations in this gene are common in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and screening for mutations in this gene has been recommended by the World Health Organization in patients with AML, particularly in cases of cytogenetically normal AML (CN-AML). FLT3 mutations commonly co-occur with mutations such as NPM1 that are associated with CN-AML and likely modulate prognostic impact. While FLT3-ITD mutations have been associated with poorer prognosis in AML, the prognostic impact of FLT3-TKD mutations are still up for debate.
GeneCards Summary for FLT3 Gene
FLT3 (Fms Related Tyrosine Kinase 3) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with FLT3 include Leukemia, Acute Lymphoblastic and Leukemia, Acute Myeloid. Among its related pathways are Hematopoietic cell lineage and Akt Signaling. GO annotations related to this gene include protein homodimerization activity and protein kinase activity. An important paralog of this gene is KIT.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for FLT3 Gene
Tyrosine-protein kinase that acts as cell-surface receptor for the cytokine FLT3LG and regulates differentiation, proliferation and survival of hematopoietic progenitor cells and of dendritic cells. Promotes phosphorylation of SHC1 and AKT1, and activation of the downstream effector MTOR. Promotes activation of RAS signaling and phosphorylation of downstream kinases, including MAPK1/ERK2 and/or MAPK3/ERK1. Promotes phosphorylation of FES, FER, PTPN6/SHP, PTPN11/SHP-2, PLCG1, and STAT5A and/or STAT5B. Activation of wild-type FLT3 causes only marginal activation of STAT5A or STAT5B. Mutations that cause constitutive kinase activity promote cell proliferation and resistance to apoptosis via the activation of multiple signaling pathways.
FMS-like receptor tyrosine kinase-3 (FLT3) is a member of the class III RTK (receptor tyrosine kinase) family and is expressed primarily in hematopoietic progenitor cells. Its expression in these cells means that FLT3 has an important role in the pathogenesis of AML.