External Ids for CDH8 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for CDH8 Gene
This gene encodes a type II classical cadherin from the cadherin superfamily, integral membrane proteins that mediate calcium-dependent cell-cell adhesion. Mature cadherin proteins are composed of a large N-terminal extracellular domain, a single membrane-spanning domain, and a small, highly conserved C-terminal cytoplasmic domain. The extracellular domain consists of 5 subdomains, each containing a cadherin motif, and appears to determine the specificity of the protein's homophilic cell adhesion activity. Type II (atypical) cadherins are defined based on their lack of a HAV cell adhesion recognition sequence specific to type I cadherins. This particular cadherin is expressed in brain and is putatively involved in synaptic adhesion, axon outgrowth and guidance. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for CDH8 Gene
CDH8 (Cadherin 8) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with CDH8 include Learning Disability and Autism. Among its related pathways are ERK Signaling and Presenilin-Mediated Signaling. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include calcium ion binding. An important paralog of this gene is CDH11.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CDH8 Gene
Cadherins are calcium-dependent cell adhesion proteins. They preferentially interact with themselves in a homophilic manner in connecting cells; cadherins may thus contribute to the sorting of heterogeneous cell types.