Aliases for ARAF Gene
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Previous Symbols for ARAF Gene
This proto-oncogene belongs to the RAF subfamily of the Ser/Thr protein kinase family, and maybe involved in cell growth and development. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene.[provided by RefSeq, Jan 2012]
GeneCards Summary for ARAF Gene
ARAF (A-Raf Proto-Oncogene, Serine/Threonine Kinase) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with ARAF include mycobacterium marinum. Among its related pathways are Glioma and GPCR Pathway. GO annotations related to this gene include protein serine/threonine kinase activity and MAP kinase kinase kinase activity. An important paralog of this gene is MAP3K9.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for ARAF Gene
Involved in the transduction of mitogenic signals from the cell membrane to the nucleus. May also regulate the TOR signaling cascade.
Isoform 2: Serves as a positive regulator of myogenic differentiation by inducing cell cycle arrest, the expression of myogenin and other muscle-specific proteins, and myotube formation.
Raf kinases, a family of three serine/threonine kinases, are part of the ras-MAPK signaling cascade and phosphorylate MEK. Upon growth factor stimulation, Raf-1 (or c-Raf) is activated by GTP-bound Ras and recruited to the cell membrane. This activation process is tightly regulated by a number of factors including phosphatases (e.g. PP1, PP2A, PP5), kinases (e.g. Src, ERK, Akt, PKC) and proteins that bind directly to Raf-1 (e.g. RKIP, 14-3-3zeta, KSR, Hsp90). Raf-1 is also thought to be able to dimerize with wild type B-Raf in a Ras-dependent process. B-raf is commonly mutated and thereby activated in many human cancers, the most frequent mutation being the V600E mutation of the kinase domain. Whilst wt b-Raf and Raf-1 are strongly activated by growth factor signals via Ras and Src, a-Raf is only modestly activated and has low basal activity. All three isoforms of Raf are considered to be oncogenic.