Chromosome 18 (human)

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Chromosome 18 (human)
Human male karyotpe high resolution - Chromosome 18 cropped.png
Pair of human chromosome 18 (after G-banding).
One is from mother, one is from father.
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Chromosome 18 pair in human male karyogram.
Length (bp) 80,373,285
Number of genes 657
Type Autosome
Centromere position Submetacentric[1]
RefSeq NC_000018
GenBank CM000680
Map of Chromosome 18
Ideogram of human chromosome 18. Mbp means mega base pair. See locus for other notation.

Chromosome 18 is one of the 23 pairs of chromosomes in humans. People normally have two copies of this chromosome. Chromosome 18 spans about 80 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)
  • GREB1L: encoding protein Growth regulation by estrogen in breast cancer-like
  • 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[edit]

The following diseases are some of those related to genes on chromosome 18:


  1. ^ "Table 2.3: Human chromosome groups". Human Molecular Genetics (2nd ed.). Garland Science. 1999. 
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  • Chen H, Wang N, Huo Y, Sklar P, MacKinnon DF, Potash JB, McMahon FJ, Antonarakis SE, DePaulo JR Jr, Ross CA, McInnis MG (2003). "Trapping and sequence analysis of 1138 putative exons from human chromosome 18". Mol Psychiatry. 8 (6): 619–23. doi:10.1038/ PMID 12851638. 
  • Gilbert F (1997). "Disease genes and chromosomes: disease maps of the human genome. Chromosome 18". Genet Test. 1 (1): 69–71. PMID 10464628. 

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