Aliases for GLRA1 Gene
External Ids for GLRA1 Gene
Previous HGNC Symbols for GLRA1 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for GLRA1 Gene
The protein encoded by this gene is a subunit of a pentameric inhibitory glycine receptor, which mediates postsynaptic inhibition in the central nervous system. Defects in this gene are a cause of startle disease (STHE), also known as hereditary hyperekplexia or congenital stiff-person syndrome. Multiple transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found. [provided by RefSeq, Dec 2015]
GeneCards Summary for GLRA1 Gene
GLRA1 (Glycine Receptor Alpha 1) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with GLRA1 include Hyperekplexia 1 and Hyperekplexia. Among its related pathways are Peptide ligand-binding receptors and DAG and IP3 signaling. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include extracellular ligand-gated ion channel activity and extracellularly glycine-gated chloride channel activity. An important paralog of this gene is GLRA3.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for GLRA1 Gene
Glycine receptors are ligand-gated chloride channels (PubMed:23994010, PubMed:25730860). Channel opening is triggered by extracellular glycine (PubMed:2155780, PubMed:7920629, PubMed:14551753, PubMed:16144831, PubMed:22715885, PubMed:22973015, PubMed:25973519, PubMed:9009272). Channel opening is also triggered by taurine and beta-alanine (PubMed:16144831, PubMed:9009272). Channel characteristics depend on the subunit composition; heteropentameric channels are activated by lower glycine levels and display faster desensitization (PubMed:14551753). Plays an important role in the down-regulation of neuronal excitability (PubMed:8298642, PubMed:9009272). Contributes to the generation of inhibitory postsynaptic currents (PubMed:25445488). Channel activity is potentiated by ethanol (PubMed:25973519). Potentiation of channel activity by intoxicating levels of ethanol contribute to the sedative effects of ethanol (By similarity).
Glycine receptors (GlyR) are members of the cys-loop family of ligand-gated ion channels, responsible for mediating the inhibitory effects of glycine. They are widely distributed throughout the CNS, particularly within the hippocampus, spinal cord and brain stem.