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Available structures
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AliasesOPTN, ALS12, FIP2, GLC1E, HIP7, HYPL, NRP, TFIIIA-INTP, optineurin
External IDsOMIM: 602432 MGI: 1918898 HomoloGene: 11085 GeneCards: OPTN
Gene location (Human)
Chromosome 10 (human)
Chr.Chromosome 10 (human)[1]
Chromosome 10 (human)
Genomic location for OPTN
Genomic location for OPTN
Band10p13Start13,099,449 bp[1]
End13,138,308 bp[1]
RNA expression pattern
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RefSeq (mRNA)



RefSeq (protein)



Location (UCSC)Chr 10: 13.1 – 13.14 MbChr 2: 5.02 – 5.06 Mb
PubMed search[3][4]
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Optineurin is a protein that in humans is encoded by the OPTN gene.[5][6][7]


This gene encodes the coiled-coil containing protein optineurin. Optineurin may play a role in normal-tension glaucoma and adult-onset primary open angle glaucoma. Optineurin interacts with adenovirus E3-14.7K protein and may utilize tumor necrosis factor-alpha or Fas-ligand pathways to mediate apoptosis, inflammation or vasoconstriction. Optineurin may also function in cellular morphogenesis and membrane trafficking, vesicle trafficking, and transcription activation through its interactions with the RAB8, huntingtin, and transcription factor IIIA proteins. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants encoding the same protein.[7]

Model organisms[edit]

Model organisms have been used in the study of OPTN function. A conditional knockout mouse line, called Optntm1a(EUCOMM)Wtsi[12][13] 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 – at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.[14][15][16]

Male and female animals underwent a standardized phenotypic screen to determine the effects of deletion.[10][17] Twenty one tests were carried out on mutant mice, however no significant abnormalities were observed.[10]


Optineurin has been shown to interact with Huntingtin[18][19] and RAB8A.[19]


  1. ^ a b c GRCh38: Ensembl release 89: ENSG00000123240 - Ensembl, May 2017
  2. ^ a b c GRCm38: Ensembl release 89: ENSMUSG00000026672 - Ensembl, May 2017
  3. ^ "Human PubMed Reference:". National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  4. ^ "Mouse PubMed Reference:". National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  5. ^ Rezaie T, Child A, Hitchings R, Brice G, Miller L, Coca-Prados M, Héon E, Krupin T, Ritch R, Kreutzer D, Crick RP, Sarfarazi M (February 2002). "Adult-onset primary open-angle glaucoma caused by mutations in optineurin". Science. 295 (5557): 1077–9. doi:10.1126/science.1066901. PMID 11834836.
  6. ^ Li Y, Kang J, Horwitz MS (March 1998). "Interaction of an adenovirus E3 14.7-kilodalton protein with a novel tumor necrosis factor alpha-inducible cellular protein containing leucine zipper domains". Molecular and Cellular Biology. 18 (3): 1601–10. doi:10.1128/mcb.18.3.1601. PMC 108875. PMID 9488477.
  7. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: OPTN optineurin".
  8. ^ "Salmonella infection data for Optn". Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
  9. ^ "Citrobacter infection data for Optn". Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
  10. ^ a b c Gerdin AK (2010). "The Sanger Mouse Genetics Programme: High throughput characterisation of knockout mice". Acta Ophthalmologica. 88 (S248). doi:10.1111/j.1755-3768.2010.4142.x.
  11. ^ Mouse Resources Portal, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
  12. ^ "International Knockout Mouse Consortium".
  13. ^ "Mouse Genome Informatics".
  14. ^ Skarnes WC, Rosen B, West AP, Koutsourakis M, Bushell W, Iyer V, Mujica AO, Thomas M, Harrow J, Cox T, Jackson D, Severin J, Biggs P, Fu J, Nefedov M, de Jong PJ, Stewart AF, Bradley A (June 2011). "A conditional knockout resource for the genome-wide study of mouse gene function". Nature. 474 (7351): 337–42. doi:10.1038/nature10163. PMC 3572410. PMID 21677750.
  15. ^ Dolgin E (June 2011). "Mouse library set to be knockout". Nature. 474 (7351): 262–3. doi:10.1038/474262a. PMID 21677718.
  16. ^ Collins FS, Rossant J, Wurst W (January 2007). "A mouse for all reasons". Cell. 128 (1): 9–13. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2006.12.018. PMID 17218247.
  17. ^ van der Weyden L, White JK, Adams DJ, Logan DW (2011). "The mouse genetics toolkit: revealing function and mechanism". Genome Biology. 12 (6): 224. doi:10.1186/gb-2011-12-6-224. PMC 3218837. PMID 21722353.
  18. ^ Faber PW, Barnes GT, Srinidhi J, Chen J, Gusella JF, MacDonald ME (September 1998). "Huntingtin interacts with a family of WW domain proteins". Human Molecular Genetics. 7 (9): 1463–74. doi:10.1093/hmg/7.9.1463. PMID 9700202.
  19. ^ a b Hattula K, Peränen J (2000). "FIP-2, a coiled-coil protein, links Huntingtin to Rab8 and modulates cellular morphogenesis". Current Biology. 10 (24): 1603–6. doi:10.1016/S0960-9822(00)00864-2. PMID 11137014.

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