Aliases for UPK1A Gene
External Ids for UPK1A Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for UPK1A Gene
The protein encoded by this gene is a member of the transmembrane 4 superfamily, also known as the tetraspanin family. Most of these members are cell-surface proteins that are characterized by the presence of four hydrophobic domains. The proteins mediate signal transduction events that play a role in the regulation of cell development, activation, growth and motility. This encoded protein is found in the asymmetrical unit membrane (AUM) where it can complex with other transmembrane 4 superfamily proteins. It may play a role in normal bladder epithelial physiology, possibly in regulating membrane permeability of superficial umbrella cells or in stabilizing the apical membrane through AUM/cytoskeletal interactions. The protein may also play a role in tumor suppression. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants of this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2013]
GeneCards Summary for UPK1A Gene
UPK1A (Uroplakin 1A) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with UPK1A include Transitional Cell Carcinoma and Cystitis. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include protein homodimerization activity and monosaccharide binding. An important paralog of this gene is UPK1B.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for UPK1A Gene
Component of the asymmetric unit membrane (AUM); a highly specialized biomembrane elaborated by terminally differentiated urothelial cells. May play an important role in normal bladder epithelial physiology, possibly in regulating membrane permeability of superficial umbrella cells or in stabilizing the apical membrane through AUM/cytoskeletal interactions (By similarity).