Aliases for BHLHE41 Gene
External Ids for BHLHE41 Gene
Previous HGNC Symbols for BHLHE41 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for BHLHE41 Gene
This gene encodes a basic helix-loop-helix protein expressed in various tissues. The encoded protein can interact with ARNTL or compete for E-box binding sites in the promoter of PER1 and repress CLOCK/ARNTL's transactivation of PER1. This gene is believed to be involved in the control of circadian rhythm and cell differentiation. Defects in this gene are associated with the short sleep phenotype. [provided by RefSeq, Feb 2014]
GeneCards Summary for BHLHE41 Gene
BHLHE41 (Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Family, Member E41) is a Protein Coding gene. Among its related pathways are HIF-1-alpha transcription factor network and BMAL1-CLOCK,NPAS2 activates circadian gene expression. GO annotations related to this gene include protein homodimerization activity and RNA polymerase II core promoter proximal region sequence-specific DNA binding. An important paralog of this gene is BHLHE40.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for BHLHE41 Gene
Transcriptional repressor involved in the regulation of the circadian rhythm by negatively regulating the activity of the clock genes and clock-controlled genes. Acts as the negative limb of a novel autoregulatory feedback loop (DEC loop) which differs from the one formed by the PER and CRY transcriptional repressors (PER/CRY loop). Both these loops are interlocked as it represses the expression of PER1 and in turn is repressed by PER1/2 and CRY1/2. Represses the activity of the circadian transcriptional activator: CLOCK-ARNTL/BMAL1 heterodimer by competing for the binding to E-box elements (5-CACGTG-3) found within the promoters of its target genes. Negatively regulates its own expression and the expression of DBP and BHLHE41/DEC2. Acts as a corepressor of RXR and the RXR-LXR heterodimers and represses the ligand-induced RXRA/B/G, NR1H3/LXRA, NR1H4 and VDR transactivation activity.