Housekeeping Genes

Abstract

Housekeeping genes are those genes that encode proteins that carry out basic cellular maintenance functions and are required for cell survival and successful completion of the cell cycle.

Keywords: cellular maintenance genes; endogenous reference standards; control genes; internal control genes; gene function

Figure 1.

Group A: examples of housekeeping genes whose expression levels are similar, (less than 2‐fold different) in various tissue types. Group B: examples of housekeeping genes whose expression levels differ by greater than 2‐fold across a variety of tissue types.

Figure 2.

Percentage of housekeeping genes in relation to the total number of genes mapped to each chromosome.

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Mahadevappa, Mamatha, and Warrington, Janet A(Mar 2003) Housekeeping Genes. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0000846]