Aliases for ATF6 Gene
External Ids for ATF6 Gene
This gene encodes a transcription factor that activates target genes for the unfolded protein response (UPR) during endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Although it is a transcription factor, this protein is unusual in that it is synthesized as a transmembrane protein that is embedded in the ER. It functions as an ER stress sensor/transducer, and following ER stress-induced proteolysis, it functions as a nuclear transcription factor via a cis-acting ER stress response element (ERSE) that is present in the promoters of genes encoding ER chaperones. This protein has been identified as a survival factor for quiescent but not proliferative squamous carcinoma cells. There have been conflicting reports about the association of polymorphisms in this gene with diabetes in different populations, but another polymorphism has been associated with increased plasma cholesterol levels. This gene is also thought to be a potential therapeutic target for cystic fibrosis. [provided by RefSeq, Aug 2011]
GeneCards Summary for ATF6 Gene
ATF6 (Activating Transcription Factor 6) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with ATF6 include cystic fibrosis and wolfram syndrome. Among its related pathways are ERK Signaling and ERK Signaling. GO annotations related to this gene include sequence-specific DNA binding transcription factor activity and transcription coactivator activity. An important paralog of this gene is ATF6B.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for ATF6 Gene
Transcription factor that acts during endoplasmic reticulum stress by activating unfolded protein response target genes. Binds DNA on the 5-CCAC[GA]-3half of the ER stress response element (ERSE) (5-CCAAT-N(9)-CCAC[GA]-3) and of ERSE II (5-ATTGG-N-CCACG-3). Binding to ERSE requires binding of NF-Y to ERSE. Could also be involved in activation of transcription by the serum response factor.