Chromosome 18 (human)
Chromosome 18 is one of the 23 pairs of chromosomes in humans. People normally have two copies of this chromosome. Chromosome 18 spans about 85 million base pairs (the building material of DNA) and represents about 2.5 percent of the total DNA in cells.
Identifying genes on each chromosome is an active area of genetic research. Because researchers use different approaches to predict the number of genes on each chromosome, the estimated number of genes varies. Chromosome 18 likely contains between 300 and 400 genes.
The following are some of the genes located in chromosome 18:
- DCC: Deleted in Colorectal Cancer
- FECH: ferrochelatase (protoporphyria)
- NPC1: Niemann-Pick disease, type C1
- SMAD4: SMAD, mothers against DPP homolog 4 (Drosophila)
- KC6: Keratoconus gene 6, discovery reported in 2005;
Diseases and disorders
The following diseases are some of those related to genes on chromosome 18:
- Erythropoietic protoporphyria
- Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia
- Niemann-Pick disease Type C
- Selective Mutism
- Edwards syndrome (Trisomy 18)
- Tetrasomy 18p
- Monosomy 18p
- Pitt Hopkins Syndrome 18q21
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