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Official Full Name
microtubule-associated protein 2
Background
This gene encodes a protein that belongs to the microtubule-associated protein family. The proteins of this family are thought to be involved in microtubule assembly, which is an essential step in neurogenesis. The products of similar genes in rat and mouse are neuron-specific cytoskeletal proteins that are enriched in dentrites, implicating a role in determining and stabilizing dentritic shape during neuron development. A number of alternatively spliced variants encoding distinct isoforms have been described. [provided by RefSeq, Jan 2010]
Synonyms
MAP2; microtubule-associated protein 2; MAP2A; MAP2B; MAP2C; MAP-2; DKFZp686I2148