External Ids for MEF2D Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for MEF2D Gene
This gene is a member of the myocyte-specific enhancer factor 2 (MEF2) family of transcription factors. Members of this family are involved in control of muscle and neuronal cell differentiation and development, and are regulated by class II histone deacetylases. Fusions of the encoded protein with Deleted in Azoospermia-Associated Protein 1 (DAZAP1) due to a translocation have been found in an acute lymphoblastic leukemia cell line, suggesting a role in leukemogenesis. The encoded protein may also be involved in Parkinson disease and myotonic dystrophy. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants. [provided by RefSeq, Oct 2012]
GeneCards Summary for MEF2D Gene
MEF2D (Myocyte Enhancer Factor 2D) is a Protein Coding gene. Among its related pathways are Developmental Biology and Apoptotic Pathways in Synovial Fibroblasts. GO annotations related to this gene include transcription factor activity, sequence-specific DNA binding and RNA polymerase II transcription factor activity, sequence-specific DNA binding. An important paralog of this gene is MEF2C.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for MEF2D Gene
Transcriptional activator which binds specifically to the MEF2 element, 5-YTA[AT](4)TAR-3, found in numerous muscle-specific, growth factor- and stress-induced genes. Mediates cellular functions not only in skeletal and cardiac muscle development, but also in neuronal differentiation and survival. Plays diverse roles in the control of cell growth, survival and apoptosis via p38 MAPK signaling in muscle-specific and/or growth factor-related transcription. Plays a critical role in the regulation of neuronal apoptosis (By similarity).