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UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot P02489: Variant p.Arg49Cys

Alpha-crystallin A chain
Gene: CRYAA
Chromosomal location: 21q22.3
Variant information

Variant position:  49
The position of the amino-acid change on the UniProtKB canonical protein sequence.

Type of variant:  Disease [Disclaimer]
The variants are classified into three categories: Disease, Polymorphism and Unclassified.
  • Disease: Variants implicated in disease according to literature reports.
  • Polymorphism: Variants not reported to be implicated in disease.
  • Unclassified: Variants with uncertain implication in disease according to literature reports. Evidence against or in favor of a pathogenic role is limited and/or conflicting.

Residue change:  From Arginine (R) to Cysteine (C) at position 49 (R49C, p.Arg49Cys).
Indicates the amino acid change of the variant. The one-letter and three-letter codes for amino acids used in UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot are those adopted by the commission on Biochemical Nomenclature of the IUPAC-IUB.

Physico-chemical properties:  Change from large size and basic (R) to medium size and polar (C)
The physico-chemical property of the reference and variant residues and the change implicated.

BLOSUM score:  -3
The score within a Blosum matrix for the corresponding wild-type to variant amino acid change. The log-odds score measures the logarithm for the ratio of the likelihood of two amino acids appearing by chance. The Blosum62 substitution matrix is used. This substitution matrix contains scores for all possible exchanges of one amino acid with another:
  • Lowest score: -4 (low probability of substitution).
  • Highest score: 11 (high probability of substitution).
More information can be found on the following page

Involvement in disease:  Cataract 9, multiple types (CTRCT9) [MIM:604219]: An opacification of the crystalline lens of the eye that frequently results in visual impairment or blindness. Opacities vary in morphology, are often confined to a portion of the lens, and may be static or progressive. In general, the more posteriorly located and dense an opacity, the greater the impact on visual function. CTRCT9 includes nuclear, zonular central nuclear, anterior polar, cortical, embryonal, anterior subcapsular, fan-shaped, and total cataracts, among others. In some cases cataract is associated with microcornea without any other systemic anomaly or dysmorphism. Microcornea is defined by a corneal diameter inferior to 10 mm in both meridians in an otherwise normal eye. {ECO:0000269|PubMed:11123904, ECO:0000269|PubMed:14512969, ECO:0000269|PubMed:16453125, ECO:0000269|PubMed:18302245, ECO:0000269|PubMed:18407550, ECO:0000269|PubMed:23508780, ECO:0000269|PubMed:9467006}. Note=The disease is caused by mutations affecting the gene represented in this entry.
The name and a short description of the disease associated with the variant. For more information about the disease, the user can refer to OMIM, following the link provided after the disease acronym.

Variant description:  In CTRCT9; nuclear cataract.
Any additional useful information about the variant.

Other resources:  
Links to websites of interest for the variant.



Sequence information

Variant position:  49
The position of the amino-acid change on the UniProtKB canonical protein sequence.

Protein sequence length:  173
The length of the canonical sequence.

Location on the sequence:   EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYY  R QSLFRTVLDSGISEVRSDRD
The residue change on the sequence. Unless the variant is located at the beginning or at the end of the protein sequence, both residues upstream (20) and downstream (20) of the variant will be shown.

Residue conservation: 
The multiple alignment of the region surrounding the variant against various orthologous sequences.

Human                         EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYYRQSLFRTVLDSGISE-----------------------VRSDRD

                              EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYYRQSLFRTVLDSGISE------

Rhesus macaque                EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYYRQSLFRTVLDSGISE------

Mouse                         EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYYRQSLFRTVLDSGISELMTHMW

Rat                           EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYYRQSLFRTVLDSGISELMTHMW

Pig                           EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYYRQSLFRTVLDSGVSE------

Bovine                        EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYYRQSLFRTVLDSGISE------

Rabbit                        EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYYRQSLFRTVLDSGISE------

Sheep                         EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYYRQSLFRTVLDSGISE------

Cat                           EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYYRQSLFRTVLDSGISE------

Horse                         EGLFEYDLLPFLSSTISPYYRQSLFRTVLDSGISE------

Chicken                       EGLLEYDLLPLFSSTISPYYRQSLFRSVLESGISE------

Sequence annotation in neighborhood:  
The regions or sites of interest surrounding the variant. In general the features listed are posttranslational modifications, binding sites, enzyme active sites, local secondary structure or other characteristics reported in the cited references. The "Sequence annotation in neighborhood" lines have a fixed format:
  • Type: the type of sequence feature.
  • Positions: endpoints of the sequence feature.
  • Description: contains additional information about the feature.

TypePositionsDescription
Chain 1 – 173 Alpha-crystallin A chain
Chain 1 – 172 Alpha-crystallin A(1-172)
Chain 1 – 168 Alpha-crystallin A(1-168)
Chain 1 – 162 Alpha-crystallin A(1-162)
Site 34 – 34 Susceptible to oxidation
Modified residue 45 – 45 Phosphoserine
Modified residue 50 – 50 Deamidated glutamine; partial


Literature citations

Cell death triggered by a novel mutation in the alphaA-crystallin gene underlies autosomal dominant cataract linked to chromosome 21q.
Mackay D.S.; Andley U.P.; Shiels A.;
Eur. J. Hum. Genet. 11:784-793(2003)
Cited for: VARIANT CTRCT9 CYS-49;

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