Aliases for FTL Gene
External Ids for FTL Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for FTL Gene
This gene encodes the light subunit of the ferritin protein. Ferritin is the major intracellular iron storage protein in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. It is composed of 24 subunits of the heavy and light ferritin chains. Variation in ferritin subunit composition may affect the rates of iron uptake and release in different tissues. A major function of ferritin is the storage of iron in a soluble and nontoxic state. Defects in this light chain ferritin gene are associated with several neurodegenerative diseases and hyperferritinemia-cataract syndrome. This gene has multiple pseudogenes. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for FTL Gene
FTL (Ferritin, Light Polypeptide) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with FTL include neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation 3 and hyperferritinemia-cataract syndrome. Among its related pathways are Transport of glucose and other sugars, bile salts and organic acids, metal ions and amine compounds and Integrated Pancreatic Cancer Pathway. GO annotations related to this gene include identical protein binding and ferric iron binding. An important paralog of this gene is FTHL17.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for FTL Gene
Stores iron in a soluble, non-toxic, readily available form. Important for iron homeostasis. Iron is taken up in the ferrous form and deposited as ferric hydroxides after oxidation. Also plays a role in delivery of iron to cells. Mediates iron uptake in capsule cells of the developing kidney (By similarity).