This gene encodes a member of the gap junction protein family. The gap junction proteins are membrane-spanning proteins that assemble to form gap junction channels that facilitate the transfer of ions and small molecules between cells. According to sequence similarities at the nucleotide and amino acid levels, the gap junction proteins are divided into two categories, alpha and beta. Mutations in this gene cause X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, an inherited peripheral neuropathy. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding the same protein have been found for this gene.
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Protein Aliases: connexin 32; Connexin-32; Cx32; GAP junction 28 kDa liver protein; Gap junction beta-1 protein; gap junction membrane channel protein beta 1
Gene Aliases: Cnx32; Cx32; Cxn-32; Gjb1