This gene encodes a member of the desmocollin protein subfamily. Desmocollins, along with desmogleins, are cadherin-like transmembrane glycoproteins that are major components of the desmosome. Desmosomes are cell-cell junctions that help resist shearing forces and are found in high concentrations in cells subject to mechanical stress. This gene is found in a cluster with other desmocollin family members on chromosome 18. Mutations in this gene are associated with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia-11, and reduced protein expression has been described in several types of cancer. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants. [provided by RefSeq, Feb 2015]

  • Cell adhesion
  • Homophilic cell adhesion via plasma membrane adhesion molecules
  • Cellular response to starvation
  • Keratinization
  • Cornification
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, familial, 11
  • Familial isolated arrhythmogenic ventricular dysplasia, right dominant form
  • Familial isolated arrhythmogenic ventricular dysplasia, biventricular form
  • Familial isolated arrhythmogenic ventricular dysplasia, left dominant form
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy

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