Aliases for GALK2 Gene
External Ids for GALK2 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for GALK2 Gene
This gene encodes a highly efficient N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) kinase, which has galactokinase activity when galactose is present at high concentrations. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Jan 2014]
GeneCards Summary for GALK2 Gene
GALK2 (Galactokinase 2) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with GALK2 include galactokinase deficiency with cataracts. Among its related pathways are Metabolism and Regulation of lipid metabolism by Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARalpha). GO annotations related to this gene include galactokinase activity and N-acetylgalactosamine kinase activity. An important paralog of this gene is GALK1.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for GALK2 Gene
Acts on GalNAc. Also acts as a galactokinase when galactose is present at high concentrations. May be involved in a salvage pathway for the reutilization of free GalNAc derived from the degradation of complex carbohydrates.