Aliases for MC4R Gene
External Ids for MC4R Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for MC4R Gene
The protein encoded by this gene is a membrane-bound receptor and member of the melanocortin receptor family. The encoded protein interacts with adrenocorticotropic and MSH hormones and is mediated by G proteins. This is an intronless gene. Defects in this gene are a cause of autosomal dominant obesity. [provided by RefSeq, Jan 2010]
GeneCards Summary for MC4R Gene
MC4R (Melanocortin 4 Receptor) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with MC4R include Body Mass Index Quantitative Trait Locus 20 and Body Mass Index Quantitative Trait Locus 11. Among its related pathways are Signaling by GPCR and Peptide ligand-binding receptors. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include G protein-coupled receptor activity and peptide hormone binding. An important paralog of this gene is MC5R.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for MC4R Gene
Receptor specific to the heptapeptide core common to adrenocorticotropic hormone and alpha-, beta-, and gamma-MSH. Plays a central role in energy homeostasis and somatic growth. This receptor is mediated by G proteins that stimulate adenylate cyclase (cAMP).
Melanocortin receptors are activated by members of the melanocortin family: alpha-, beta- and gamma-melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). The melanocortins are involved in a range of physiological functions, including pigmentation and inflammation.