The protein encoded by this gene is a member of a family of actin-related proteins which share significant amino acid sequence identity to conventional actins. Both actins and ARPs have an actin fold, which is an ATP-binding cleft, as a common feature. The ARPs are involved in diverse cellular processes, including vesicular transport, spindle orientation, nuclear migration and chromatin remodeling. This gene encodes a subunit of the BAF complex in mammals, which is functionally related to SWI/SNF complex in S. cerevisiae and Drosophila; the latter is thought to facilitate transcriptional activation of specific genes by antagonizing chromatin-mediated transcriptional repression. This subunit may be involved in the regulation of genes by structural modulation of their chromatin, specifically in the brain.
53 kDa BRG1-associated factor A; 53 kDa BRG1-associated factor B; actin-like 6A; actin-like 6B; Actin-like protein 6A; Actin-like protein 6B; actin-related protein; actin-related protein 4; Actin-related protein Baf53a; Actin-related protein Baf53b; ACTL6; ACTL6A; ACTL6B; ARPN-BETA; ArpNalpha; ArpNbeta; BAF complex 53 kDa subunit; BAF53; BAF53A; BAF53B; BRG1-associated factor; BRG1-associated factor 53A; BRG1-associated factor 53B; hArpN alpha; hArpN beta; INO80 complex subunit K; INO80K; MGC5382 Arp4