Aliases for ACTB Gene
External Ids for ACTB Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for ACTB Gene
This gene encodes one of six different actin proteins. Actins are highly conserved proteins that are involved in cell motility, structure, integrity, and intercellular signaling. The encoded protein is a major constituent of the contractile apparatus and one of the two nonmuscle cytoskeletal actins that are ubiquitously expressed. Mutations in this gene cause Baraitser-Winter syndrome 1, which is characterized by intellectual disability with a distinctive facial appearance in human patients. Numerous pseudogenes of this gene have been identified throughout the human genome. [provided by RefSeq, Aug 2017]
GeneCards Summary for ACTB Gene
ACTB (Actin Beta) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with ACTB include Dystonia, Juvenile-Onset and Baraitser-Winter Syndrome 1. Among its related pathways are Metabolism of proteins and Oxytocin signaling pathway. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include identical protein binding and RNA polymerase II proximal promoter sequence-specific DNA binding. An important paralog of this gene is ACTG1.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for ACTB Gene
Actin is a highly conserved protein that polymerizes to produce filaments that form cross-linked networks in the cytoplasm of cells (PubMed:29581253). Actin exists in both monomeric (G-actin) and polymeric (F-actin) forms, both forms playing key functions, such as cell motility and contraction (PubMed:29581253). In addition to their role in the cytoplasmic cytoskeleton, G- and F-actin also localize in the nucleus, and regulate gene transcription and motility and repair of damaged DNA (PubMed:29925947).
Actin is a ubiquitous globular protein that is one of the most highly-conserved proteins known. It is found in two main states: G-actin is the globular monomeric form, whereas F-actin forms helical polymers. Both G- and F-actin are intrinsically flexible structures.