External Ids for VAX1 Gene
This gene encodes a homeo-domain containing protein from a class of homeobox transcription factors which are conserved in vertebrates. Genes of this family are involved in the regulation of body development and morphogenesis. The most conserved genes, called HOX genes are found in special gene clusters. This gene belongs to the VAX subfamily and lies in the vicinity of the EMX homeobox gene family. Another member of VAX family is located on chromosome 2. The encoded protein may play an important role in the development of anterior ventral forebrain and visual system. Multiple transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for VAX1 Gene
VAX1 (Ventral Anterior Homeobox 1) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with VAX1 include microphthalmia, syndromic 11 and anophthalmia/microphthalmia. GO annotations related to this gene include sequence-specific DNA binding transcription factor activity and chromatin DNA binding. An important paralog of this gene is EN2.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for VAX1 Gene
Transcription factor that may function in dorsoventral specification of the forebrain. Required for axon guidance and major tract formation in the developing forebrain. May contribute to the differentiation of the neuroretina, pigmented epithelium and optic stalk (By similarity).