Utrophin, also known as UTRN, is a human gene.cite web | title = Entrez Gene: UTRN utrophin| url = http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=gene&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=7402| accessdate = ]

The protein encoded by this gene is a component of the cytoskeleton. Utrophin was found during research into Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. The name is a contraction for "ubiquitous dystrophin". The 900 kb gene for utrophin is found on the long arm of human chromosome 6. Utrophin was discovered due to its homology with dystrophin. It was found by screening a peptide containing the C-terminal domain of dystrophin against cDNA-libraries. The homology varies over its full length from less than 30% in regions of the central rod structural domain, to 85% (identity 73%) for the actin binding domain.

The tertiary structure of utrophin contains a C-terminus that consists of protein-protein interaction motifs that interact with dystroglycan, a central rod region consisting of a triple coiled-coil repeat, and an actin-binding N-terminus.

In normal muscle cells, utrophin is located at the neuromuscular synapse and myotendinous junctions. It is necessary for normal membrane maintenance, and for the clustering of the acetylcholine receptor. In adult humans, utrophin RNA is found ubiquitously, as the name implies, being abundant in the brain, kidney, liver, lung, muscle, spleen and stomach. In the human fetus during muscle differentiation, utrophin is found at the sarcolemma. It disappears when the fetus begins to express dystrophin.

Utrophin expression is dramatically increased in patients with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (and female carriers), both in those muscle fibers lacking dystrophin and in rare, revertant fibers that express dystrophin.

No reports have yet associated mutation in the utrophin gene with disease, but it does not seem to play a critical role in development, since mice without utrophin develop normally.


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*cite journal | author=Khurana TS, Watkins SC, Kunkel LM |title=The subcellular distribution of chromosome 6-encoded dystrophin-related protein in the brain. |journal=J. Cell Biol. |volume=119 |issue= 2 |pages= 357–66 |year= 1992 |pmid= 1400579 |doi=
*cite journal | author=Nguyen TM, Le TT, Blake DJ, "et al." |title=Utrophin, the autosomal homologue of dystrophin, is widely-expressed and membrane-associated in cultured cell lines. |journal=FEBS Lett. |volume=313 |issue= 1 |pages= 19–22 |year= 1992 |pmid= 1426262 |doi=
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*cite journal | author=Buckle VJ, Guenet JL, Simon-Chazottes D, "et al." |title=Localisation of a dystrophin-related autosomal gene to 6q24 in man, and to mouse chromosome 10 in the region of the dystrophia muscularis (dy) locus. |journal=Hum. Genet. |volume=85 |issue= 3 |pages= 324–6 |year= 1990 |pmid= 2203673 |doi=
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*cite journal | author=Belkin AM, Burridge K |title=Localization of utrophin and aciculin at sites of cell-matrix and cell-cell adhesion in cultured cells. |journal=Exp. Cell Res. |volume=221 |issue= 1 |pages= 132–40 |year= 1995 |pmid= 7589238 |doi= 10.1006/excr.1995.1360
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*cite journal | author=Wilson J, Putt W, Jimenez C, Edwards YH |title=Up71 and up140, two novel transcripts of utrophin that are homologues of short forms of dystrophin. |journal=Hum. Mol. Genet. |volume=8 |issue= 7 |pages= 1271–8 |year= 1999 |pmid= 10369873 |doi=
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