Day 173 (Xq21.1-Xq21.2): ATP7A, a copper conduit


Day 173 has 24 protein-coding genes (browser view) including ATP7A (ATPase copper transporting alpha.)

Like Day 37 (2p16.1-2p15): A copper-handling gene discovered using dogs and Day 76 (3q24-3q25.2): ceruloplasmin, a copper carrier, ATP7A is one of the genes we use to transport copper atoms into cells. Problems with ATP7A cause Menkes’ disorder, leading to a characteristic coarse and steely hair.

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