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Official Full Name
selenophosphate synthetase 2
Background
This gene encodes an enzyme that synthesizes selenophosphate from selenide and ATP. Selenophosphate is the selenium donor used to synthesize selenocysteine, which is co-translationally incorporated into selenoproteins at in-frame UGA codons. This protein itself contains a selenocysteine residue in its predicted active site. The 3 UTR of the gene has a stem-loop secondary structure called a selenocysteine insertion sequence (SECIS) element, which allows UGA to direct the incorporation of selenocysteine rather than signal a translational stop. Alternatively spliced transcripts have been identified, but their biological validity has not been determined.
Synonyms
SEPHS2; selenophosphate synthetase 2; selenide, water dikinase 2; SPS2; selenium donor protein 2; selenophosphate synthase 2

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