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Gene Family: Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP)

Bone morphogenetic protein: Bone morphogenetic proteins ( BMPs ) are a group of growth factors also known as cytokines and as metabologens. Originally discovered by their ability to induce the formation of bone and cartilage, BMPs are now considered to constitute a group of pivotal morphogenetic signals, orchestrating tissue architecture throughout the body. The important functioning of BMP signals in physiology is emphasized by the multitude of roles for dysregulated BMP signalling in pathological processes. Cancerous disease often involves misregulation of the BMP signalling system. Absence of BMP signalling is, for instance, an important factor in the progression of colon cancer, and conversely, overactivation of BMP signalling following reflux-induced esophagitis provokes Barrett's esophagus and is thus instrumental in the development of adenocarcinoma in the proximal portion of the gastrointestinal tract. [Source: Wikipedia]

Genes contained within the family: 11

Approved Symbol Approved Name Previous Symbols Synonyms Chromosome
BMP1 bone morphogenetic protein 1 PCOLC 8p21.3
BMP2 bone morphogenetic protein 2 BMP2A 20p12.3
BMP3 bone morphogenetic protein 3 4q21.21
BMP4 bone morphogenetic protein 4 BMP2B 14q22.2
BMP5 bone morphogenetic protein 5 6p12.1
BMP6 bone morphogenetic protein 6 VGR VGR1 6p24.3
BMP7 bone morphogenetic protein 7 OP-1 20q13.31
BMP8A bone morphogenetic protein 8a 1p34.3
BMP8B bone morphogenetic protein 8b BMP8 OP-2 1p34.2
BMP10 bone morphogenetic protein 10 2p13.3
BMP15 bone morphogenetic protein 15 GDF9B Xp11.22