Aliases for MAK Gene
External Ids for MAK Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for MAK Gene
The product of this gene is a serine/threonine protein kinase related to kinases involved in cell cycle regulation. It is expressed almost exclusively in the testis, primarily in germ cells. Studies of the mouse and rat homologs have localized the kinase to the chromosomes during meiosis in spermatogenesis, specifically to the synaptonemal complex that exists while homologous chromosomes are paired. There is, however, a study of the mouse homolog that has identified high levels of expression in developing sensory epithelia so its function may be more generalized. Three transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2011]
GeneCards Summary for MAK Gene
MAK (Male Germ Cell-Associated Kinase) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with MAK include mak-related retinitis pigmentosa and retinitis pigmentosa 62. Among its related pathways are Coregulation of Androgen receptor activity. GO annotations related to this gene include transferase activity, transferring phosphorus-containing groups and protein tyrosine kinase activity. An important paralog of this gene is MOK.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for MAK Gene
Essential for the regulation of ciliary length and required for the long-term survival of photoreceptors (By similarity). Phosphorylates FZR1 in a cell cycle-dependent manner. Plays a role in the transcriptional coactivation of AR. Could play an important function in spermatogenesis. May play a role in chromosomal stability in prostate cancer cells.