Aliases MEF2C, C5DELq14.3, DEL5q14.3, myocyte enhancer factor 2C
External IDs MGI: 99458 HomoloGene: 31087 GeneCards: MEF2C
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Species Human Mouse









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Location (UCSC) Chr 5: 88.72 – 88.9 Mb Chr 13: 83.5 – 83.67 Mb
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Myocyte-specific enhancer factor 2C also known as MADS box transcription enhancer factor 2, polypeptide C is a protein that in humans is encoded by the MEF2C gene.[3][4] MEF2C is a transcription factor in the Mef2 family.[5][6]


The gene is located at 5q14.3 on the minus (Crick) strand and is 200,723 bases in length. The encoded protein has 473 amino acids with a predicted molecular weight of 51.221 kiloDaltons. Three isoforms have been identified. Several post translational modifications have been identified including phosphorylation on serine-59 and serine-396, sumoylation on lysine-391, acetylation on lysine-4 and proteolytic cleavage.


MEF2C has been shown to interact with:

Biological significance

This gene is involved in cardiac morphogenesis and myogenesis and vascular development. It may also be involved in neurogenesis and in the development of cortical architecture. Mice without a functional copy of the Mef2c gene die before birth and have abnormalities in the heart and vascular system.[14] It is one of the targets of an oncomiR, MIRN21.

In humans mutations of this gene result in autosomal dominant mental retardation 20 (MRD20),[15] characterised by severe psychomotor impairment, periodic tremor and an abnormal motor pattern with mirror movement of the upper limbs observed during infancy, hypotonia, abnormal EEG, epilepsy, absence of speech, autistic behavior, bruxism, and mild dysmorphic features, mild thinning of the corpus callosum and delay of white matter myelination in the occipital lobes[16]

See also


  1. "Human PubMed Reference:".
  2. "Mouse PubMed Reference:".
  3. Leifer D, Krainc D, Yu YT, McDermott J, Breitbart RE, Heng J, Neve RL, Kosofsky B, Nadal-Ginard B, Lipton SA (Feb 1993). "MEF2C, a MADS/MEF2-family transcription factor expressed in a laminar distribution in cerebral cortex". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 90 (4): 1546–50. doi:10.1073/pnas.90.4.1546. PMC 45911Freely accessible. PMID 7679508.
  4. McDermott JC, Cardoso MC, Yu YT, Andres V, Leifer D, Krainc D, Lipton SA, Nadal-Ginard B (Apr 1993). "hMEF2C gene encodes skeletal muscle- and brain-specific transcription factors". Molecular and Cellular Biology. 13 (4): 2564–77. doi:10.1128/mcb.13.4.2564. PMC 359588Freely accessible. PMID 8455629.
  5. Molkentin JD, Black BL, Martin JF, Olson EN (Jun 1996). "Mutational analysis of the DNA binding, dimerization, and transcriptional activation domains of MEF2C". Molecular and Cellular Biology. 16 (6): 2627–36. doi:10.1128/mcb.16.6.2627. PMC 231253Freely accessible. PMID 8649370.
  6. "Entrez Gene: MEF2C myocyte enhancer factor 2C".
  7. Sartorelli V, Huang J, Hamamori Y, Kedes L (Feb 1997). "Molecular mechanisms of myogenic coactivation by p300: direct interaction with the activation domain of MyoD and with the MADS box of MEF2C". Molecular and Cellular Biology. 17 (2): 1010–26. doi:10.1128/mcb.17.2.1010. PMC 231826Freely accessible. PMID 9001254.
  8. Wang AH, Bertos NR, Vezmar M, Pelletier N, Crosato M, Heng HH, Th'ng J, Han J, Yang XJ (Nov 1999). "HDAC4, a human histone deacetylase related to yeast HDA1, is a transcriptional corepressor". Molecular and Cellular Biology. 19 (11): 7816–27. doi:10.1128/mcb.19.11.7816. PMC 84849Freely accessible. PMID 10523670.
  9. Wang AH, Yang XJ (Sep 2001). "Histone deacetylase 4 possesses intrinsic nuclear import and export signals". Molecular and Cellular Biology. 21 (17): 5992–6005. doi:10.1128/MCB.21.17.5992-6005.2001. PMC 87317Freely accessible. PMID 11486037.
  10. Yang CC, Ornatsky OI, McDermott JC, Cruz TF, Prody CA (Oct 1998). "Interaction of myocyte enhancer factor 2 (MEF2) with a mitogen-activated protein kinase, ERK5/BMK1". Nucleic Acids Research. 26 (20): 4771–7. doi:10.1093/nar/26.20.4771. PMC 147902Freely accessible. PMID 9753748.
  11. Hosking BM, Wang SC, Chen SL, Penning S, Koopman P, Muscat GE (Sep 2001). "SOX18 directly interacts with MEF2C in endothelial cells". Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 287 (2): 493–500. doi:10.1006/bbrc.2001.5589. PMID 11554755.
  12. Krainc D, Bai G, Okamoto S, Carles M, Kusiak JW, Brent RN, Lipton SA (Oct 1998). "Synergistic activation of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit 1 promoter by myocyte enhancer factor 2C and Sp1". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 273 (40): 26218–24. doi:10.1074/jbc.273.40.26218. PMID 9748305.
  13. Maeda T, Gupta MP, Stewart AF (Jun 2002). "TEF-1 and MEF2 transcription factors interact to regulate muscle-specific promoters". Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 294 (4): 791–7. doi:10.1016/S0006-291X(02)00556-9. PMID 12061776.
  14. Bi W, Drake CJ, Schwarz JJ (Jul 1999). "The transcription factor MEF2C-null mouse exhibits complex vascular malformations and reduced cardiac expression of angiopoietin 1 and VEGF". Developmental Biology. 211 (2): 255–67. doi:10.1006/dbio.1999.9307. PMID 10395786.
  15. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) 613443
  16. Nowakowska BA, Obersztyn E, Szymańska K, Bekiesińska-Figatowska M, Xia Z, Ricks CB, Bocian E, Stockton DW, Szczałuba K, Nawara M, Patel A, Scott DA, Cheung SW, Bohan TP, Stankiewicz P (Jul 2010). "Severe mental retardation, seizures, and hypotonia due to deletions of MEF2C". American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B. 153B (5): 1042–51. doi:10.1002/ajmg.b.31071. PMID 20333642.

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