Subcategory (RNA class) for H2AFZ Gene
Aliases for H2AFZ Gene
External Ids for H2AFZ Gene
Previous HGNC Symbols for H2AFZ Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for H2AFZ Gene
Histones are basic nuclear proteins that are responsible for the nucleosome structure of the chromosomal fiber in eukaryotes. Nucleosomes consist of approximately 146 bp of DNA wrapped around a histone octamer composed of pairs of each of the four core histones (H2A, H2B, H3, and H4). The chromatin fiber is further compacted through the interaction of a linker histone, H1, with the DNA between the nucleosomes to form higher order chromatin structures. This gene encodes a replication-independent member of the histone H2A family that is distinct from other members of the family. Studies in mice have shown that this particular histone is required for embryonic development and indicate that lack of functional histone H2A leads to embryonic lethality. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for H2AFZ Gene
H2AFZ (H2A Histone Family, Member Z) is a Protein Coding gene, and is affiliated with the lncRNA class. Diseases associated with H2AFZ include testicular spermatocytic seminoma and testis seminoma. Among its related pathways are Signaling by GPCR and Signaling by Rho GTPases. GO annotations related to this gene include protein heterodimerization activity and RNA polymerase II distal enhancer sequence-specific DNA binding. An important paralog of this gene is H2AFV.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for H2AFZ Gene
Variant histone H2A which replaces conventional H2A in a subset of nucleosomes. Nucleosomes wrap and compact DNA into chromatin, limiting DNA accessibility to the cellular machineries which require DNA as a template. Histones thereby play a central role in transcription regulation, DNA repair, DNA replication and chromosomal stability. DNA accessibility is regulated via a complex set of post-translational modifications of histones, also called histone code, and nucleosome remodeling. May be involved in the formation of constitutive heterochromatin. May be required for chromosome segregation during cell division.