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aldh8a1

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Official Full Name
aldehyde dehydrogenase 8 family, member A1
Background
This protein belongs to the aldehyde dehydrogenases family of proteins. It plays a role in a pathway of 9-cis-retinoic acid biosynthesis in vivo. This enzyme converts 9-cis-retinal into the retinoid X receptor ligand 9-cis-retinoic acid, and has approximately 40-fold higher activity with 9-cis-retinal than with all-trans-retinal. Therefore, it is the first known aldehyde dehydrogenase to show a preference for 9-cis-retinal relative to all-trans-retinal. Three transcript variants encoding distinct protein isoforms have been identified for this gene.
Synonyms
ALDH8A1; aldehyde dehydrogenase 8 family, member A1; aldehyde dehydrogenase family 8 member A1; ALDH12; aldehyde dehydrogenase 12; aldehyde dehydrogenase family protein; DJ352A20.2; MGC138650; DKFZp779D2315; ALDH12, DJ352A20.2; zgc:92068; wu:fi34g05; Raldh4; fi34g05