Aliases for CRH Gene
External Ids for CRH Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for CRH Gene
This gene encodes a member of the corticotropin-releasing factor family. The encoded preproprotein is proteolytically processed to generate the mature neuropeptide hormone. In response to stress, this hormone is secreted by the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus, binds to corticotropin releasing hormone receptors and stimulates the release of adrenocorticotropic hormone from the pituitary gland. Marked reduction in this protein has been observed in association with Alzheimer's disease. Autosomal recessive hypothalamic corticotropin deficiency has multiple and potentially fatal metabolic consequences including hypoglycemia and hepatitis. In addition to production in the hypothalamus, this protein is also synthesized in peripheral tissues, such as T lymphocytes, and is highly expressed in the placenta. In the placenta it is a marker that determines the length of gestation and the timing of parturition and delivery. A rapid increase in circulating levels of the hormone occurs at the onset of parturition, suggesting that, in addition to its metabolic functions, this protein may act as a trigger for parturition. [provided by RefSeq, Nov 2015]
GeneCards Summary for CRH Gene
CRH (Corticotropin Releasing Hormone) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with CRH include Autosomal Dominant Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy and Postpartum Depression. Among its related pathways are Signaling by GPCR and Myometrial Relaxation and Contraction Pathways. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include signaling receptor binding and neuropeptide hormone activity. An important paralog of this gene is UCN.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for CRH Gene
Hormone regulating the release of corticotropin from pituitary gland (By similarity). Induces NLRP6 in intestinal epithelial cells, hence may influence gut microbiota profile (By similarity).
Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), also known as corticotropin-releasing hormone, is a major regulator of homeostasis, mediating the autonomic, behavioral and neuroendocrine responses to stress. CRF has also been suggested to play a role in cell growth and survival. To date, two types of CRF receptors have been cloned from several mammals: CRF1 and CRF2 receptors. Two splice variants of the CRF2 receptor have been identified in rodents; CRF2a and CRF2b.