NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,442 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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IDH2 gene
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A gene that makes a protein called isocitrate dehydrogenase 2 (IDH2). This protein is found inside small structures in cells called mitochondria. The IDH2 protein helps the mitochondria make energy for many cell functions. Mutations (changes) in the IDH2 gene have been found in some types of cancer, including acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and brain cancer, and in certain genetic conditions. These changes may cause cancer cells to grow and spread in the body. Also called isocitrate dehydrogenase-2 gene.