Abcc2 gene

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 18.12.2021

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ATP-binding cassette subfamily C member 2; MRP2/CMOAT gene; MRP2 gene; Multidrug resistance associated protein 2 gene; Multispecific organic anion transporter, canalicular, CMOAT

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The ABC2 gene codes for an ATP-dependent transporter in the apical membrane (multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 - MRP2) which enables the efflux of bilirubin glucuronides and other organic anions from the liver cell into the bile ducts. It is cytogenetically located on chromosome 10q24.2 (Toh S et al 1999).

The encoded protein ABCC2 or also called MRP2is an integral 190-kD heavy membrane glycoprotein expressed mainly in the canalicular (apical) membrane of liver cells. It belongs to the superfamily of ATP-binding cassette transporters and transports endogenous and exogenous anionic conjugates (mainly bilirubin, but also various drugs) from the hepatocyte to the bile (Pacifico L et al. 2010).

ABCC2 is also involved in the resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents (Mor-Cohen et al. 2001).

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  2. Pacifico L et al (2010) Mutational analysis of ABCC2 gene in two siblings with neonatal-onset Dubin syndrome. (Letter) Clin. Gene. 78: 598-600
  3. Toh S et al (1999) Genomic structure of the canalicular multispecific organic anion-transporter gene (MRP2/cMOAT) and mutations in the ATP-binding-cassette region in Dubin-Johnson syndrome. Am. J. Hum. Genet. 64: 739-746.


Last updated on: 18.12.2021