This gene encodes a homeobox-containing protein that belongs to the NK-2 homeobox family. This protein is a vertebrate homolog of Drosophila homeobox-containing protein called and apos;tinman and apos;, which has been shown to be essential for development of the heart-like dorsal vessel. In conjunction with related gene, NKX2-5, this gene may play a role in both pharyngeal and cardiac embryonic development. Mutations in this gene are associated with persistent truncus arteriosus.[provided by RefSeq, Aug 2011]
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Protein Aliases: Drosophila NK2 transcription factor related, locus 6; Homeobox protein NK-2 homolog F; homeobox protein NK2 homolog F; Homeobox protein Nkx-2.6; homeobox protein NKX2.6; NK2 transcription factor related, locus 6; NKX2F; tinman paralog
Gene Aliases: AV044928; CSX2; CTHM; Nkx-2.6; NKX2-6; Nkx2.6; NKX2F; NKX4-2; tinman; Tix