Aliases for MAEA Gene
External Ids for MAEA Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for MAEA Gene
This gene encodes a protein that mediates the attachment of erythroblasts to macrophages. This attachment promotes terminal maturation and enucleation of erythroblasts, presumably by suppressing apoptosis. The encoded protein is an integral membrane protein with the N-terminus on the extracellular side and the C-terminus on the cytoplasmic side of the cell. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2014]
GeneCards Summary for MAEA Gene
MAEA (Macrophage Erythroblast Attacher) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with MAEA include epiglottis neoplasm and solitary osseous plasmacytoma. GO annotations related to this gene include actin binding.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for MAEA Gene
Plays a role in erythroblast enucleation and in the development of the mature macrophages. Mediates the attachment of erythroid cell to mature macrophages, in correlation with the presence of MAEA at cell surface of mature macrophages; This MAEA-mediated contact inhibits erythroid cells apoptosis. Participates to erythroblastic island formation, which is the functional unit of definitive erythropoiesis. Associates with F-actin to regulate actin distribution in erythroblasts and macrophages. May contribute to nuclear architecture and cells division events.