Aliases for BLM Gene
External Ids for BLM Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for BLM Gene
The Bloom syndrome is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by growth deficiency, microcephaly and immunodeficiency among others. It is caused by homozygous or compound heterozygous mutation in the gene encoding DNA helicase RecQ protein on chromosome 15q26. This Bloom-associated helicase unwinds a variety of DNA substrates including Holliday junction, and is involved in several pathways contributing to the maintenance of genome stability. Identification of pathogenic Bloom variants is required for heterozygote testing in at-risk families. [provided by RefSeq, May 2020]
GeneCards Summary for BLM Gene
BLM (BLM RecQ Like Helicase) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with BLM include Bloom Syndrome and Inherited Cancer-Predisposing Syndrome. Among its related pathways are Homologous DNA Pairing and Strand Exchange and DNA damage_ATM/ATR regulation of G1/S checkpoint. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include nucleic acid binding and ATPase activity. An important paralog of this gene is WRN.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for BLM Gene
ATP-dependent DNA helicase that unwinds single- and double-stranded DNA in a 3'-5' direction (PubMed:9388193, PubMed:24816114, PubMed:25901030). Participates in DNA replication and repair (PubMed:12019152, PubMed:21325134, PubMed:23509288). Involved in 5'-end resection of DNA during double-strand break (DSB) repair: unwinds DNA and recruits DNA2 which mediates the cleavage of 5'-ssDNA (PubMed:21325134). Negatively regulates sister chromatid exchange (SCE) (PubMed:25901030). Stimulates DNA 4-way junction branch migration and DNA Holliday junction dissolution (PubMed:25901030). Binds single-stranded DNA (ssDNA), forked duplex DNA and DNA Holliday junction (PubMed:20639533, PubMed:24257077, PubMed:25901030).