The RPS17 gene provides instructions for making one of approximately 80 different ribosomal proteins, which are components of cellular structures called ribosomes. Ribosomes process the cell's genetic instructions to create proteins.
Each ribosome is made up of two parts (subunits) called the large and small subunits. The protein produced from the RPS17 gene is among those found in the small subunit.
The specific functions of the RPS17 protein and the other ribosomal proteins within these subunits are unclear. Some ribosomal proteins are involved in the assembly or stability of ribosomes. Others help carry out the ribosome's main function of building new proteins. Studies suggest that some ribosomal proteins may have other functions, such as participating in chemical signaling pathways within the cell, regulating cell division, and controlling the self-destruction of cells (apoptosis).
Health Conditions Related to Genetic Changes
At least 18 RPS17 gene mutations have been identified in individuals with Diamond-Blackfan anemia. This disorder primarily affects the bone marrow, which produces new blood cells. People with this condition often also have physical abnormalities affecting various parts of the body.
The RPS17 gene mutations that cause Diamond-Blackfan anemia are believed to cause problems with ribosomal function. Studies indicate that a shortage of functioning ribosomes may increase apoptosis of blood-forming cells in the bone marrow, resulting in a low number of red blood cells (anemia). Abnormal regulation of cell division or inappropriate triggering of apoptosis may contribute to the other health problems and unusual physical features that affect some people with Diamond-Blackfan anemia.More About This Health Condition
Other Names for This Gene
- 40S ribosomal protein S17
Additional Information & Resources
Tests Listed in the Genetic Testing Registry
Scientific Articles on PubMed
Catalog of Genes and Diseases from OMIM
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- Song MJ, Yoo EH, Lee KO, Kim GN, Kim HJ, Kim SY, Kim SH. A novel initiation codon mutation in the ribosomal protein S17 gene (RPS17) in a patient with Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Apr;54(4):629-31. doi: 10.1002/pbc.22316. Citation on PubMed
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