Aliases for MUC2 Gene
External Ids for MUC2 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for MUC2 Gene
This gene encodes a member of the mucin protein family. Mucins are high molecular weight glycoproteins produced by many epithelial tissues. The protein encoded by this gene is secreted and forms an insoluble mucous barrier that protects the gut lumen. The protein polymerizes into a gel of which 80% is composed of oligosaccharide side chains by weight. The protein features a central domain containing tandem repeats rich in threonine and proline that varies between 50 and 115 copies in different individuals. Alternatively spliced transcript variants of this gene have been described, but their full-length nature is not known. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for MUC2 Gene
MUC2 (Mucin 2, Oligomeric Mucus/Gel-Forming) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with MUC2 include pseudomyxoma peritonei and bile duct carcinoma. Among its related pathways are Transport to the Golgi and subsequent modification and Amoebiasis. An important paralog of this gene is OTOGL.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for MUC2 Gene
Coats the epithelia of the intestines, airways, and other mucus membrane-containing organs. Thought to provide a protective, lubricating barrier against particles and infectious agents at mucosal surfaces. Major constituent of both the inner and outer mucus layers of the colon and may play a role in excluding bacteria from the inner mucus layer.