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Aliases ITPA, C20orf37, HLC14-06-P, dJ794I6.3, My049, ITPase, NTPase, inosine triphosphatase
External IDs MGI: 96622 HomoloGene: 6289 GeneCards: ITPA
Genetically Related Diseases
hepatitis C[1]
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Species Human Mouse
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Location (UCSC) Chr 20: 3.21 – 3.22 Mb Chr 2: 130.67 – 130.68 Mb
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Inosine triphosphate pyrophosphatase is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the ITPA gene,[4][5] by the rdgB gene in bacteria E.coli[6] and the HAM1 gene in yeast S. cerevisiae.[7] Two transcript variants encoding two different isoforms have been found for this gene. Also, at least two other transcript variants have been identified which are probably regulatory rather than protein-coding.[citation needed]


The protein encoded by this gene hydrolyzes inosine triphosphate and deoxyinosine triphosphate to the monophosphate nucleotide and diphosphate.[5] The enzyme possesses a multiple substrate-specificity and acts on other nucleotides including xanthosine triphosphate and deoxyxanthosine triphosphate.[7] The encoded protein, which is a member of the HAM1 NTPase protein family, is found in the cytoplasm and acts as a homodimer.

Clinical significance[edit]

Defects in the encoded protein can result in inosine triphosphate pyrophosphorylase deficiency.[5]


  1. ^ "Diseases that are genetically associated with ITPA view/edit references on wikidata". 
  2. ^ "Human PubMed Reference:". 
  3. ^ "Mouse PubMed Reference:". 
  4. ^ Lin S, McLennan AG, Ying K, Wang Z, Gu S, Jin H, Wu C, Liu W, Yuan Y, Tang R, Xie Y, Mao Y (May 2001). "Cloning, expression, and characterization of a human inosine triphosphate pyrophosphatase encoded by the itpa gene". J Biol Chem. 276 (22): 18695–701. doi:10.1074/jbc.M011084200. PMID 11278832. 
  5. ^ a b c "Entrez Gene: ITPA inosine triphosphatase (nucleoside triphosphate pyrophosphatase)". 
  6. ^ Burgis NE, Cunningham RP (2007). "Substrate specificity of RdgB protein, a deoxyribonucleoside triphosphate pyrophosphohydrolase". J Biol Chem. 282 (8): 3531–8. doi:10.1074/jbc.M608708200. PMID 17090528. 
  7. ^ a b Davies O, Mendes P, Smallbone K, Malys N (2012). "Characterisation of multiple substrate-specific (d)ITP/(d)XTPase and modelling of deaminated purine nucleotide metabolism". BMB Reports. 45 (4): 259–64. doi:10.5483/BMBRep.2012.45.4.259. PMID 22531138. 

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