Aliases for MDFI Gene
External Ids for MDFI Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for MDFI Gene
This protein is a transcription factor that negatively regulates other myogenic family proteins. Studies of the mouse homolog, I-mf, show that it interferes with myogenic factor function by masking nuclear localization signals and preventing DNA binding. Knockout mouse studies show defects in the formation of vertebrae and ribs that also involve cartilage formation in these structures. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for MDFI Gene
MDFI (MyoD Family Inhibitor) is a Protein Coding gene. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include transcription factor binding. An important paralog of this gene is MDFIC.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for MDFI Gene
Inhibits the transactivation activity of the Myod family of myogenic factors and represses myogenesis. Acts by associating with Myod family members and retaining them in the cytoplasm by masking their nuclear localization signals. Can also interfere with the DNA-binding activity of Myod family members. Plays an important role in trophoblast and chondrogenic differentiation. Regulates the transcriptional activity of TCF7L1/TCF3 by interacting directly with TCF7L1/TCF3 and preventing it from binding DNA. Binds to the axin complex, resulting in an increase in the level of free beta-catenin. Affects axin regulation of the WNT and JNK signaling pathways (By similarity).