Chromosome 8 (human)

Chromosome 8 (human)

Human chromosome 8 pair after G-banding.
One is from mother, one is from father.

Chromosome 8 pair in human male karyogram.
Length (bp) 145,138,636 bp
Number of genes 1,534
Type Autosome
Centromere position Submetacentric[1]
RefSeq NC_000008
GenBank CM000670
Map of Chromosome 8
Ideogram of human chromosome 8. Mbp means mega base pair. See locus for other notation.

Chromosome 8 is one of the 23 pairs of chromosomes in humans. People normally have two copies of this chromosome. Chromosome 8 spans about 145 million base pairs (the building material of DNA) and represents between 4.5 and 5.0% of the total DNA in cells.[2]

The chromosome has two arms, 8p and 8q. The short arm, 8p, has about 45 million base pairs, about 1.5% of the genome, and includes 484 genes and 110 pseudogenes; about 8% of its genes are involved in brain development and function, and about 16% are involved in cancer. A unique feature of 8p is a big region of about 15 megabases that appears to have a high mutation rate, and which shows an immense divergence between human and chimpanzee, suggesting that its high mutation rates have contributed to the evolution of the human brain.[2]

Identifying genes on each chromosome is an active area of genetic research. Because researchers use different approaches to predict the number of genes on each chromosome, the estimated number of genes varies. Chromosome 8 is likely to contain between 700 and 1,000 genes.


The following are some of the genes located on chromosome 8:

Diseases and disorders

The following diseases and disorders are some of those related to genes on chromosome 8:


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  3. Blouin JL, Dombroski BA, Nath SK, et al. (September 1998). "Schizophrenia susceptibility loci on chromosomes 13q32 and 8p21". Nat. Genet. 20 (1): 70–3. doi:10.1038/1734. PMID 9731535.
  4. Gurling HM, Kalsi G, Brynjolfson J, et al. (March 2001). "Genomewide genetic linkage analysis confirms the presence of susceptibility loci for schizophrenia, on chromosomes 1q32.2, 5q33.2, and 8p21-22 and provides support for linkage to schizophrenia, on chromosomes 11q23.3-24 and 20q12.1-11.23". Am. J. Hum. Genet. 68 (3): 661–73. doi:10.1086/318788. PMC 1274479Freely accessible. PMID 11179014.
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