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hla-e

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Official Full Name
Homo sapiens major histocompatibility complex, class I, E DNA.
Background
HLA-E belongs to the HLA class I heavy chain paralogues. This class I molecule is a heterodimer consisting of a heavy chain and a light chain (beta-2 microglobulin). The heavy chain is anchored in the membrane. HLA-E binds a restricted subset of peptides derived from the leader peptides of other class I molecules. The heavy chain is approximately 45 kDa and its gene contains 8 exons. Exon one encodes the leader peptide, exons 2 and 3 encode the alpha1 and alpha2 domains, which both bind the peptide, exon 4 encodes the alpha3 domain, exon 5 encodes the transmembrane region, and exons 6 and 7 encode the cytoplasmic tail.
Synonyms
HLA-E; major histocompatibility complex, class I, E; HLA class I histocompatibility antigen, alpha chain E; MHC HLA-E alpha-1; lymphocyte antigen; MHC HLA-E alpha-2.1; MHC class I antigen E; HLA class I histocompatibility antigen, E alpha chain; MHC; QA1; EA1.2; EA2.1; HLA-6.2; DKFZp686P19218