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Aliases DCTN5
External IDs MGI: 1891689 HomoloGene: 10998 GeneCards: DCTN5
Species Human Mouse
RefSeq (mRNA)



RefSeq (protein)



Location (UCSC) Chr 16: 23.64 – 23.68 Mb Chr 7: 122.13 – 122.15 Mb
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Dynactin 5 (p25) is a protein that in humans is encoded by the DCTN5 gene.[3]

This gene encodes a subunit of dynactin, a component of the cytoplasmic dynein motor machinery involved in minus-end-directed transport. The encoded protein is a component of the pointed-end subcomplex and is thought to bind membranous cargo. A pseudogene of this gene is located on the long arm of chromosome 1. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding multiple isoforms have been observed for this gene.[3]

Model organisms[edit]

Model organisms have been used in the study of DCTN5 function. A conditional knockout mouse line, called Dctn5tm2a(KOMP)Wtsi[9][10] was generated as part of the International Knockout Mouse Consortium program — a high-throughput mutagenesis project to generate and distribute animal models of disease to interested scientists.[11][12][13]

Male and female animals underwent a standardized phenotypic screen to determine the effects of deletion.[7][14] Twenty five tests were carried out on mutant mice and three significant abnormalities were observed.[7] No homozygous mutant embryos were identified during gestation, and therefore none survived until weaning. The remaining tests were carried out on heterozygous mutant adult mice and abnormal lens morphology (including cataracts) was observed in female animals.[7]


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  5. ^ "Salmonella infection data for Dctn5". Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. 
  6. ^ "Citrobacter infection data for Dctn5". Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. 
  7. ^ a b c d Gerdin AK (2010). "The Sanger Mouse Genetics Programme: High throughput characterisation of knockout mice". Acta Ophthalmologica. 88: 925–7. doi:10.1111/j.1755-3768.2010.4142.x. 
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  11. ^ Skarnes, W. C.; Rosen, B.; West, A. P.; Koutsourakis, M.; Bushell, W.; Iyer, V.; Mujica, A. O.; Thomas, M.; Harrow, J.; Cox, T.; Jackson, D.; Severin, J.; Biggs, P.; Fu, J.; Nefedov, M.; De Jong, P. J.; Stewart, A. F.; Bradley, A. (2011). "A conditional knockout resource for the genome-wide study of mouse gene function". Nature. 474 (7351): 337–342. doi:10.1038/nature10163. PMC 3572410Freely accessible. PMID 21677750. 
  12. ^ Dolgin E (2011). "Mouse library set to be knockout". Nature. 474 (7351): 262–3. doi:10.1038/474262a. PMID 21677718. 
  13. ^ Collins FS, Rossant J, Wurst W (2007). "A Mouse for All Reasons". Cell. 128 (1): 9–13. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2006.12.018. PMID 17218247. 
  14. ^ van der Weyden L, White JK, Adams DJ, Logan DW (2011). "The mouse genetics toolkit: revealing function and mechanism.". Genome Biol. 12 (6): 224. doi:10.1186/gb-2011-12-6-224. PMC 3218837Freely accessible. PMID 21722353. 

Further reading[edit]

Eckley, D. M.; Gill, S. R.; Melkonian, K. A.; Bingham, J. B.; Goodson, H. V.; Heuser, J. E.; Schroer, T. A. (1999). "Analysis of Dynactin Subcomplexes Reveals a Novel Actin-Related Protein Associated with the Arp1 Minifilament Pointed End". The Journal of Cell Biology. 147 (2): 307–320. doi:10.1083/jcb.147.2.307. PMC 2174220Freely accessible. PMID 10525537.  Parisi, G.; Fornasari, M.; Echave, J. (2004). "Dynactins p25 and p27 are predicted to adopt the L?H fold". FEBS Letters. 562 (1–3): 1–4. doi:10.1016/S0014-5793(04)00165-6. PMID 15043994.  Burton, P. R.; Clayton, D. G.; Cardon, L. R.; Craddock, N.; Deloukas, P.; Duncanson, A.; Kwiatkowski, D. P.; McCarthy, M. I.; Ouwehand, W. H.; Samani, N. J.; Todd, J. A.; Donnelly, P.; Barrett, J. C.; Burton, P. R.; Davison, D.; Donnelly, P.; Easton, D.; Evans, D.; Leung, H. T.; Marchini, J. L.; Morris, A. P.; Spencer, C. C. A.; Tobin, M. D.; Cardon, L. R.; Clayton, D. G.; Attwood, A. P.; Boorman, J. P.; Cant, B.; Everson, U.; Hussey, J. M. (2007). "Genome-wide association study of 14,000 cases of seven common diseases and 3,000 shared controls". Nature. 447 (7145): 661–678. doi:10.1038/nature05911. PMC 2719288Freely accessible. PMID 17554300.