Aliases for SCN1A Gene
External Ids for SCN1A Gene
Previous Symbols for SCN1A Gene
The vertebrate sodium channel is a voltage-gated ion channel essential for the generation and propagation of action potentials, mainly in nerve and muscle. Voltage-sensitive sodium channels are heteromeric complexes consisting of a large central pore-forming glycosylated alpha subunit, and two smaller auxiliary beta subunits. This gene encodes the large alpha subunit, and mutations in this gene have been associated with several epilepsy, convulsion and migraine disorders. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants. The RefSeq Project has decided to create four representative RefSeq records. Three of the transcript variants are supported by experimental evidence and the fourth contains alternate 5' untranslated exons, the exact combination of which have not been experimentally confirmed for the full-length transcript.[provided by RefSeq, Jan 2011]
GeneCards Summary for SCN1A Gene
SCN1A (Sodium Channel, Voltage Gated, Type I Alpha Subunit) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with SCN1A include migraine, familial hemiplegic, 3 and scn1a-related seizure disorders. Among its related pathways are L1CAM interactions and Activation of cAMP-Dependent PKA. GO annotations related to this gene include voltage-gated sodium channel activity. An important paralog of this gene is CACNA1D.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for SCN1A Gene
Mediates the voltage-dependent sodium ion permeability of excitable membranes. Assuming opened or closed conformations in response to the voltage difference across the membrane, the protein forms a sodium-selective channel through which Na(+) ions may pass in accordance with their electrochemical gradient
Voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV) are responsible for action potential initiation and propagation in excitable cells, including nerve, muscle, and neuroendocrine cell types. They are also expressed at low levels in non-excitable cells, where their physiological role is unclear. Structurally, Nav channels are composed of one pore-forming alpha-subunit, which may be associated with either one or more beta-subunits. alpha-subunits are composed for four homologous domains, each of which contains six transmembrane segments. The fourth transmembrane loop (S4) acts as the voltage sensor and is activated by changes in membrane potential. S4 is also involved in channel gating.