Aliases for MICU1 Gene
External Ids for MICU1 Gene
Previous HGNC Symbols for MICU1 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for MICU1 Gene
This gene encodes an essential regulator of mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake under basal conditions. The encoded protein interacts with the mitochondrial calcium uniporter, a mitochondrial inner membrane Ca2+ channel, and is essential in preventing mitochondrial Ca2+ overload, which can cause excessive production of reactive oxygen species and cell stress. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been described. [provided by RefSeq, Mar 2013]
GeneCards Summary for MICU1 Gene
MICU1 (Mitochondrial Calcium Uptake 1) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with MICU1 include myopathy with extrapyramidal signs and atopic dermatitis. GO annotations related to this gene include calcium ion binding and protein heterodimerization activity. An important paralog of this gene is MICU3.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for MICU1 Gene
Key regulator of mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) required to increase calcium uptake by MCU when cytoplasmic calcium is high. MICU1 and MICU2 form a disulfide-linked heterodimer that stimulate and inhibit MCU activity, respectively. MICU1 acts as a stimulator of MCU that senses calcium level via its EF-hand domains: enhances MCU opening at high Ca(2+) concentration, allowing a rapid response of mitochondria to Ca(2+) signals generated in the cytoplasm. Regulates glucose-dependent insulin secretion in pancreatic beta-cells by regulating mitochondrial calcium uptake. Induces T-helper 1-mediated autoreactivity, which is accompanied by the release of IFNG.