The MYH9 Gene | MYH9 Gene Variations | MYH9 Gene and Kidney Disease
The MYH9 Gene is a gene located on chromosome 22 that codes for a protein called myosin (specifically, non-muscle related myosin).. Myosin is a protein important in cell movement, cell structure and cell shape. Recent genetic studies have suggested that variations of the MYH9 Gene, more common in patients of African descent, may be associated with an increased risk of several types of end stage kidney disease including:
Focal segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)
Non-Diabetic ESRD (end stage renal disease)
Hypertension related kidney disease
MYH9 Gene is also associated with sensori-neural deafness,
which can be seen in Alport Syndrome (reference -- http://www.genecards.org)
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