CKM (gene)

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Aliases CKM, CKMM, M-CK, creatine kinase, M-type
External IDs MGI: 88413 HomoloGene: 20432 GeneCards: 1158
Species Human Mouse
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Location (UCSC) Chr 19: 45.31 – 45.32 Mb Chr 7: 19.4 – 19.42 Mb
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Creatine kinase, muscle also known as CKM is a creatine kinase that in humans is encoded by the CKM gene.[3]


In the figure to the right, the crystal structure of the muscle-type M-CK monomer is shown. In vivo, two such monomers arrange symmetrically to form the active MM-CK enzyme.


The protein encoded by this gene is a cytoplasmic enzyme involved in cellular energy homeostasis. The encoded protein reversibly catalyzes the transfer of "energy-rich" phosphate between ATP and creatine and between phospho-creatine and ADP. Its functional entity is a MM-CK homodimer in striated (sarcomeric) skeletal and cardiac muscle.

Clinical significance[edit]

In heart, in addition to the MM-CK homodimer, also the heterodimer MB-CK consisting of one muscle (M-CK) and one brain-type (B-CK) subunit is expressed. The latter may be an important serum marker for myocardial infarction, if released from damaged myocardial cells into the blood where it can be detected by clinical chemistry.


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  2. ^ "Mouse PubMed Reference:". 
  3. ^ Rosenberg UB, Kunz G, Frischauf A, Lehrach H, Mähr R, Eppenberger HM, Perriard JC (November 1982). "Molecular cloning and expression during myogenesis of sequences coding for M-creatine kinase". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 79 (21): 6589–92. doi:10.1073/pnas.79.21.6589. PMC 347173free to read. PMID 6959139. 

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This article incorporates text from the United States National Library of Medicine, which is in the public domain.