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AliasesADGRG6, APG1, DREG, PS1TP2, VIGR, GPR126, LCCS9, adhesion G protein-coupled receptor G6, PR126
External IDsMGI: 1916151 HomoloGene: 10724 GeneCards: ADGRG6
Gene location (Human)
Chromosome 6 (human)
Chr.Chromosome 6 (human)[1]
Chromosome 6 (human)
Genomic location for ADGRG6
Genomic location for ADGRG6
Band6q24.2Start142,301,854 bp[1]
End142,446,266 bp[1]
RNA expression pattern
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More reference expression data
RefSeq (mRNA)



RefSeq (protein)



Location (UCSC)Chr 6: 142.3 – 142.45 MbChr 10: 14.4 – 14.55 Mb
PubMed search[3][4]
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G protein-coupled receptor 126 also known as VIGR and DREG is a protein encoded by the ADGRG6 gene.[5][6][7] GPR126 is a member of the adhesion GPCR family.[8][9] Adhesion GPCRs are characterized by an extended extracellular region often possessing N-terminal protein modules that is linked to a TM7 region via a domain known as the GPCR-Autoproteolysis INducing (GAIN) domain.[10]

GPR126 is all widely expressed on stromal cells.[11] The N-terminal fragment of GPR126 contains C1r-C1s, Uegf and Bmp1 (CUB), and PTX-like modules.[12]


GPR126 was shown to bind collagen IV and laminin-211 promoting cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) to mediate myelination.[13][14]


Upon lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or thrombin stimulation, expression of GPR126 is induced by MAP kinases in endothelial cells.[12] During angiogenesis, GPR126 promotes protein kinase A (PKA)–cAMP-activated signaling in endothelial cells.[15] Forced GPR126 expression in COS-7 cells enhances cAMP levels by coupling to heterotrimeric Gαs/i proteins.[16]


GPR126 has been identified in genomic regions associated with adult height, more specially trunk height,[17][18][19] pulmonary function[20] and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.[21] In the vertebrate nervous system, many axons are surrounded by a myelin sheath to conduct action potentials rapidly and efficiently. Applying a genetic screen in zebrafish mutants, Talbot’s group demonstrated that GPR126 affects the development of myelinated axons.[22] GPR126 drives the differentiation of Schwann cells through inducing cAMP levels, which causes Oct6 transcriptional activities to promote myelin gene activity.[23] Mutation of gpr126 in zebrafish affects peripheral myelination. Monk’s group demonstrated domain-specific functions of GPR126 during Schwann cells development: the NTF is necessary and sufficient for axon sorting, while the CTF promotes wrapping through cAMP induction to regulate early and late stages of Schwann cells development.[14]

Outside of neurons, GPR126 function is required for heart and inner ear development.[24][25][26] GPR126 stimulates VEGF signaling and angiogenesis by modulating VEGF receptor 2 (VEGFR2) expression through STAT5 and GATA2 in endothelial cells.[15]


Mouse models have shown GPR126 deletion to affect cartilage biology and spinal column development,[27] supporting findings that variants of GPR126 have been associated with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis,[21] and Mutations have been shown to be responsible for severe arthrogryposis multiplex congenita [28]


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