Aliases for PDK2 Gene
External Ids for PDK2 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for PDK2 Gene
This gene encodes a member of the pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase family. The encoded protein phosphorylates pyruvate dehydrogenase, down-regulating the activity of the mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase complex. Overexpression of this gene may play a role in both cancer and diabetes. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding multiple isoforms have been observed for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Dec 2010]
GeneCards Summary for PDK2 Gene
PDK2 (Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase 2) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with PDK2 include Polycystic Kidney Disease and Esophageal Adenosquamous Carcinoma. Among its related pathways are Signaling by Retinoic Acid and Signaling by GPCR. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include protein homodimerization activity and protein serine/threonine kinase activity. An important paralog of this gene is PDK1.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for PDK2 Gene
Kinase that plays a key role in the regulation of glucose and fatty acid metabolism and homeostasis via phosphorylation of the pyruvate dehydrogenase subunits PDHA1 and PDHA2. This inhibits pyruvate dehydrogenase activity, and thereby regulates metabolite flux through the tricarboxylic acid cycle, down-regulates aerobic respiration and inhibits the formation of acetyl-coenzyme A from pyruvate. Inhibition of pyruvate dehydrogenase decreases glucose utilization and increases fat metabolism. Mediates cellular responses to insulin. Plays an important role in maintaining normal blood glucose levels and in metabolic adaptation to nutrient availability. Via its regulation of pyruvate dehydrogenase activity, plays an important role in maintaining normal blood pH and in preventing the accumulation of ketone bodies under starvation. Plays a role in the regulation of cell proliferation and in resistance to apoptosis under oxidative stress. Plays a role in p53/TP53-mediated apoptosis.