Aliases for SSB Gene
External Ids for SSB Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for SSB Gene
The protein encoded by this gene is involved in diverse aspects of RNA metabolism, including binding and protecting poly(U) termini of nascent RNA polymerase III transcripts from exonuclease digestion, processing 5' and 3' ends of pre-tRNA precursors, acting as an RNA chaperone, and binding viral RNAs associated with hepatitis C virus. Autoantibodies reacting with this protein are found in the sera of patients with Sjogren syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus. Alternative promoter usage results in two different transcript variants which encode the same protein. [provided by RefSeq, Jun 2014]
GeneCards Summary for SSB Gene
SSB (Small RNA Binding Exonuclease Protection Factor La) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with SSB include Sjogren Syndrome and Lupus Erythematosus. Among its related pathways are RNA Polymerase III Transcription Initiation and Gene Expression. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include nucleic acid binding and RNA binding. An important paralog of this gene is LARP1.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for SSB Gene
Binds to the 3' poly(U) terminus of nascent RNA polymerase III transcripts, protecting them from exonuclease digestion and facilitating their folding and maturation (PubMed:3192525, PubMed:2470590). In case of Coxsackievirus B3 infection, binds to the viral internal ribosome entry site (IRES) and stimulates the IRES-mediated translation (PubMed:12384597).