Chromosome 13


Human chromosome 13 is an acrocentric chromosome that contains 3.6% of the genetic material in the genome. It contains a rRNA gene cluster but appears to be relatively gene‐poor.

Keywords: acrocentric chromosome; genomic sequence; disease genes

Figure 1.

Chromosome 13 stained with Giemsa showing the distinctive banding pattern. The dark bands correspond to regions of the chromosome with a low GC content.



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Web Links


Genew: Human Gene Nomenclature Database Search Engine‐bin/nomenclature/

Human Chromosome 13 Project Overview


National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)

5‐Hydroxytryptamine (serotonin) receptor 2A (HTR2A); LocusID: 3356. LocusLink:

ATPase, Cu2+ transporting, beta polypeptide (ATP7B); LocusID: 540. LocusLink:

Breast cancer 2, early onset (BRCA2). LocusID: 675. LocusLink:

Retinoblastoma 1 (RB1). LocusID: 5925. LocusLink:

5‐Hydroxytryptamine (serotonin) receptor 2A (HTR2A); MIM number: 182135. OMIM:‐post/Omim/dispmim?5925

ATPase, Cu2+ transporting, beta polypeptide (ATP7B); MIM number: 606882. OMIM:‐post/Omim/dispmim?

Breast cancer 2, early onset (BRCA2). MIM number: 600185. OMIM:‐post/Omim/dispmim?600185

Retinoblastoma 1 (RB1). MIM number: 180200. OMIM:‐post/Omim/dispmim?180200

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Dunham, Andrew(Jan 2006) Chromosome 13. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005822]