Aliases for PTGDS Gene
External Ids for PTGDS Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for PTGDS Gene
The protein encoded by this gene is a glutathione-independent prostaglandin D synthase that catalyzes the conversion of prostaglandin H2 (PGH2) to postaglandin D2 (PGD2). PGD2 functions as a neuromodulator as well as a trophic factor in the central nervous system. PGD2 is also involved in smooth muscle contraction/relaxation and is a potent inhibitor of platelet aggregation. This gene is preferentially expressed in brain. Studies with transgenic mice overexpressing this gene suggest that this gene may be also involved in the regulation of non-rapid eye movement sleep. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for PTGDS Gene
PTGDS (Prostaglandin D2 Synthase 21kDa (Brain)) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with PTGDS include normal pressure hydrocephalus and egg allergy. Among its related pathways are Metabolism and Linoleic acid metabolism. GO annotations related to this gene include transporter activity and retinoid binding. An important paralog of this gene is LCN15.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for PTGDS Gene
Catalyzes the conversion of PGH2 to PGD2, a prostaglandin involved in smooth muscle contraction/relaxation and a potent inhibitor of platelet aggregation. Involved in a variety of CNS functions, such as sedation, NREM sleep and PGE2-induced allodynia, and may have an anti-apoptotic role in oligodendrocytes. Binds small non-substrate lipophilic molecules, including biliverdin, bilirubin, retinal, retinoic acid and thyroid hormone, and may act as a scavenger for harmful hydrophopic molecules and as a secretory retinoid and thyroid hormone transporter. Possibly involved in development and maintenance of the blood-brain, blood-retina, blood-aqueous humor and blood-testis barrier. It is likely to play important roles in both maturation and maintenance of the central nervous system and male reproductive system.