Aliases for ALOX5 Gene
External Ids for ALOX5 Gene
This gene encodes a member of the lipoxygenase gene family and plays a dual role in the synthesis of leukotrienes from arachidonic acid. The encoded protein, which is expressed specifically in bone marrow-derived cells, catalyzes the conversion of arachidonic acid to 5(S)-hydroperoxy-6-trans-8,11,14-cis-eicosatetraenoic acid, and further to the allylic epoxide 5(S)-trans-7,9-trans-11,14-cis-eicosatetrenoic acid (leukotriene A4). Leukotrienes are important mediators of a number of inflammatory and allergic conditions. Mutations in the promoter region of this gene lead to a diminished response to antileukotriene drugs used in the treatment of asthma and may also be associated with atherosclerosis and several cancers. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Jan 2012]
GeneCards Summary for ALOX5 Gene
ALOX5 (Arachidonate 5-Lipoxygenase) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with ALOX5 include asthma and atherosclerosis. Among its related pathways are Metabolism and Metabolism. GO annotations related to this gene include iron ion binding and arachidonate 5-lipoxygenase activity. An important paralog of this gene is ALOX12.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for ALOX5 Gene
Catalyzes the first step in leukotriene biosynthesis, and thereby plays a role in inflammatory processes.
Lipoxygenases (LOXs) are a family of non-heme iron dioxygenases that are involved in the production and metabolism of fatty acid hydroperoxidases. There are six lipoxygenase isozymes; 5-LOX, 12R-LOX, 12S-LOX, 15-LOX-1 and 15-LOX-2, which catalyze the regio-selective addition of oxygen into arachidonic acid, and epidermal LOX (E-LOX) which metabolizes 12R-hydroperoxyeicosatetraenoic acid (12R-HPETE) to a specific epoxyalcohol compound. Different isozymes have different physiological roles; 5-, 12R-, 12S- and 15-LOX-1 have proliferative, antiapoptotic and angiogenic functions whilst 15-LOX-2 has roles in differentiation, growth arrest and the induction of apoptosis. E-LOX, the most divergent member of this family, is involved in terminal differentiation of keratinocytes and has a major role in skin barrier function. Perturbations in lipoxygenase enzymes have been implicated in various human diseases including bronchial asthma, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis and some cancers.