Aliases for PCNA Gene
External Ids for PCNA Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for PCNA Gene
The protein encoded by this gene is found in the nucleus and is a cofactor of DNA polymerase delta. The encoded protein acts as a homotrimer and helps increase the processivity of leading strand synthesis during DNA replication. In response to DNA damage, this protein is ubiquitinated and is involved in the RAD6-dependent DNA repair pathway. Two transcript variants encoding the same protein have been found for this gene. Pseudogenes of this gene have been described on chromosome 4 and on the X chromosome. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for PCNA Gene
PCNA (Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with PCNA include Ataxia-Telangiectasia-Like Disorder 2 and Bowen's Disease. Among its related pathways are Transcription-Coupled Nucleotide Excision Repair (TC-NER) and Telomere C-strand (Lagging Strand) Synthesis. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include identical protein binding and damaged DNA binding.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for PCNA Gene
Auxiliary protein of DNA polymerase delta and is involved in the control of eukaryotic DNA replication by increasing the polymerase's processibility during elongation of the leading strand. Induces a robust stimulatory effect on the 3'-5' exonuclease and 3'-phosphodiesterase, but not apurinic-apyrimidinic (AP) endonuclease, APEX2 activities. Has to be loaded onto DNA in order to be able to stimulate APEX2. Plays a key role in DNA damage response (DDR) by being conveniently positioned at the replication fork to coordinate DNA replication with DNA repair and DNA damage tolerance pathways (PubMed:24939902). Acts as a loading platform to recruit DDR proteins that allow completion of DNA replication after DNA damage and promote postreplication repair: Monoubiquitinated PCNA leads to recruitment of translesion (TLS) polymerases, while 'Lys-63'-linked polyubiquitination of PCNA is involved in error-free pathway and employs recombination mechanisms to synthesize across the lesion (PubMed:24695737).