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Gene Family: Hemoglobin subunits (HB)

Also known as : "Haemoglobin subunits", "HgB"

Hemoglobin: Hemoglobin; also spelled haemoglobin and abbreviated Hb or Hgb, is the iron-containing oxygen-transport metalloprotein in the red blood cells of all vertebrates (with the exception of the fish family Channichthyidae ) as well as the tissues of some invertebrates. Hemoglobin in the blood carries oxygen from the respiratory organs (lungs or gills) to the rest of the body (i.e. the tissues). There it releases the oxygen to permit aerobic respiration to provide energy to power the functions of the organism in the process called metabolism. [Source: Wikipedia]

Genes contained within the family: 10

Approved Symbol Approved Name Previous Symbols Synonyms Chromosome
HBA1 hemoglobin subunit alpha 1 HBA-T3 16p13.3
HBA2 hemoglobin subunit alpha 2 HBA-T2 16p13.3
HBB hemoglobin subunit beta CD113t-C, beta-globin 11p15.4
HBD hemoglobin subunit delta 11p15.4
HBE1 hemoglobin subunit epsilon 1 HBE 11p15.4
HBG1 hemoglobin subunit gamma 1 HBG-T2 11p15.4
HBG2 hemoglobin subunit gamma 2 HBG-T1 11p15.4
HBM hemoglobin subunit mu HBAP2 HBK 16p13.3
HBQ1 hemoglobin subunit theta 1 HBQ 16p13.3
HBZ hemoglobin subunit zeta HBZ1, HBZ-T1 16p13.3