Aliases for MUC2 Gene
External Ids for MUC2 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for MUC2 Gene
This gene encodes a member of the mucin protein family. Mucins are high molecular weight glycoproteins produced by many epithelial tissues. The protein encoded by this gene is secreted and forms an insoluble mucous barrier that protects the gut lumen. The protein polymerizes into a gel of which 80% is composed of oligosaccharide side chains by weight. The protein features a central domain containing tandem repeats rich in threonine and proline that varies between 50 and 115 copies in different individuals. Downregulation of this gene has been observed in patients with Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis. [provided by RefSeq, Oct 2016]
GeneCards Summary for MUC2 Gene
MUC2 (Mucin 2, Oligomeric Mucus/Gel-Forming) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with MUC2 include Gastric Cancer and Signet Ring Cell Adenocarcinoma. Among its related pathways are Gastric cancer and Defective C1GALT1C1 causes Tn polyagglutination syndrome (TNPS). An important paralog of this gene is MUC5AC.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for MUC2 Gene
Coats the epithelia of the intestines, airways, and other mucus membrane-containing organs. Thought to provide a protective, lubricating barrier against particles and infectious agents at mucosal surfaces. Major constituent of both the inner and outer mucus layers of the colon and may play a role in excluding bacteria from the inner mucus layer.