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Symbol FOXA2 contributors: mct/ - updated : 12-12-2017
HGNC name forkhead box A2
HGNC id 5022
Location 20p11.21      Physical location : 22.561.642 - 22.566.101
Synonym name
  • hepatocyte nuclear factor 3, beta
  • HNF-3-beta
  • transcription factor 3B
  • Synonym symbol(s) FKHL11B, FOXL2, HNF3B, TCF3B, MGC19807
    TYPE functioning gene
    STRUCTURE 4.46 kb     3 Exon(s)
    10 Kb 5' upstream gene genomic sequence study
    MAPPING cloned Y linked N status confirmed
    Physical map
    LOC391233 20 similar to Homeobox protein Nkx-2.4 (Homeobox protein NKX2.4) (Homeobox protein NK-2 homolog D) GSTM3P 20p11.22 glutathione S-transferase M3 pseudogene NKX2-2 20p11.22 NK2 transcription factor related, locus 2 (Drosophila) LOC388792 20 LOC388792 PAX1 20p11.2 paired box gene 1 SLC25A6P1 20p11 solute carrier family 25 (mitochondrial carrier; adenine nucleotide translocator), member 6, pseudogene 1 RPL41P1 20p11.23-p11.21 ribosomal protein L41, pseudogene 1 ST13P 20p11.22 suppression of tumorigenicity 13 (colon carcinoma) (Hsp70 interacting protein) pseudogene C20orf56 20 chromosome 20 open reading frame 56 FOXA2 20p11 forkhead box A2 KRT18P3 Xq21 keratin 18 pseudogene 3 CYB5P4 20p11.2 cytochrome b-5 pseudogene 4 SSTR4 20p11.2 somatostatin receptor 4 THBD 20p11.2 thrombomodulin C1QR1 20pter-p12-3 complement component 1, q subcomponent, receptor 1 LOC200261 20p11.22 hypothetical protein LOC200261 NXT1 20p12-p11.2 NTF2-like export factor 1 LOC149913 20p11.21 hypothetical LOC149913 ZNF336 20p12.3-p11.21 zinc finger protein 336 NAPB 20p12.3-p11.21 N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein, beta CSTL1 20p11.21 cystatin-like 1 CST11 20p11.21 cystatin 11 CST8 20p11.22-p11.21 cystatin 8 (cystatin-related epididymal specific) IMAGE:4837709 20p11.21 cystatin pseudogene LOC128820 20p11.21 cystatin pseudogene CST9L 20p11.21 cystatin 9-like (mouse) bA218C14.3 20p11.21 cystatin 9 CST3 20p11.22-p11.21 cystatin C (amyloid angiopathy and cerebral hemorrhage)
    TRANSCRIPTS type messenger
    identificationnb exonstypebpproduct
    ProteinkDaAAspecific expressionYearPubmed
    2 - 2428 48.3 457 - 2008 17715393
    3 - 2415 48.3 457 - 2008 17715393
    FOXA2-V2 differs in the 5'UTR compared to FOXA2-V1
    Type restricted
       expressed in (based on citations)
    SystemOrgan level 1Organ level 2Organ level 3Organ level 4LevelPubmedSpeciesStageRna symbol
    Digestiveintestinesmall intestine   
    Reproductivefemale systemuteruscervix  
    SystemCellPubmedSpeciesStageRna symbol
    Endocrineislet cell (alpha,beta...)
    Respiratoryepithelial cell
    cell lineage
    cell lines
    at STAGE
    physiological period embryo
    Text visceral, definitive endoderm, endodermal cells, node, notochord, floorplate
  • a forkhead (FH, winged helix) domain
  • a FOXA2 DNA-binding domain (FOXA2-DBD) adopts the canonical winged-helix fold, with helix H3 and wing 1 regions mainly mediating the DNA recognition
  • two loops-wings on the C terminal side of helix-turn-helix homeodomain
    interspecies homolog to Drosophila homeo forkhead DNA binding domain
    homolog to murine Foxa2
  • HNF-3 forkhead family of transcriptional activators
  • CATEGORY transcription factor
    SUBCELLULAR LOCALIZATION     plasma membrane,junction
    basic FUNCTION
  • activator of gene expression in hepatocytes (such as albumin and transthyretin), respiratory and intestinal epithelia
  • regulates a complex pulmonary program of epithelial cell maturation required for transition to air breathing at birth
  • important in regulation of prothrombin expression
  • represses transcription of OATP8
  • regulates 5-aminolevulinate synthase gene expression and is involved in insulin repression
  • may be a novel tumor suppressor gene in lung cancer
  • regulating with nuclear factor 1 the 5-aminolevulinate synthase gene (ALAS1) expression and involved in insulin repression
  • required for cell-specific activation of the glucagon gene in pancreatic islet alpha-cell
  • playing a role in opening the chromatin at the start site of transcription of the glucagon gene
  • playing an important role in MUC2 mucin expression in the intestine during goblet cell differentiation
  • important regulator of MUC2 expression in the intestine
  • regulate multiple phases of midbrain dopaminergic neuron development in a dosage-dependent manner
  • cooperate with FOXA1 during liver and lung morphogenesis
  • LMX1A and LMX1B cooperate with FOXA2 to coordinate the specification of dopaminergic neurons and control of floor plate cell differentiation in the developing mesencephalon
  • in melanoma cells, FOXA2 expression is silenced and therefore PI3 is maintained unexpressed to facilitate cell proliferation in the disease melanoma
  • important regulator of glucose and lipid metabolism and organismal energy balance
  • FOXA2, H2AFZ mediate nucleosome depletion during embryonic stem cell differentiation
  • H2AFZ and FOXA2 both act to regulate nucleosome depletion and gene activation, thus promoting ES cell differentiation, whereas DNA methylation promotes nucleosome occupation and suppresses gene expression
  • FOXA1, FOXA2 are required for activation of SHH in the notochord
  • activates lipid metabolism and ketogenesis during fasting and is inhibited via insulin-PI3K-AKT1 signaling-mediated phosphorylation at Thr156 and nuclear exclusion
  • a later role for FOXA1, FOXA2 genes in regulating the maintenance of dopaminergic phenotype in mesodiencephalic dopaminergic (mDA) neurons
  • is a master regulator of endoderm development and pancreatic beta cell gene expression
  • plays a pivotal role in regulating intestinal epithelial cell function
  • promotes cell proliferation, maintains cancer stem cells, favors the development of Triple-Negative/Basal-like tumors, and is associated with increase relapses
  • plays an important in development, cellular metabolism and tumorigenesis
  • plays a crucial role in islet development and endocrine functions
  • plays essential roles in liver development and bile acid homeostasis
  • CELLULAR PROCESS nucleotide, transcription, regulation
    text required in visceral endoderm for normal primitive streak morphogenesis
    metabolism carbohydrate
    a component
    DNA interacting with chromatin
    small molecule
  • cooperating with GRL to activate genes that code for proteins involved in glucose homeostasis, namely PEPCK (PCK1, PCK2), TAT, IGFBP1, unlikely to be a common cause of NIDDM
  • specific binding of FOXA2 to GFER promoter and this binding was inducible when the cells were simultaneously stimulated with IL6
  • PI3-expression is modulated via epigenetically regulated expression of the transcription factor FOXA2
  • FABP1 is regulated by liver-enriched transcription factors FOXA2 and CEBPA
  • colocalizes with NEUROG3 in pancreatic progenitors, thus indicating a primary role for this factor in regulating NEUROG3 expression
  • FOXA2 acts as a co-activator potentiating expression of the NR4A2-induced dopamine (DA) phenotype via epigenetic regulation
  • FOXA1 and FOXA2 control glucagon biosynthesis and secretion as well as alpha-cell differentiation with both common and unique target genes
  • Hippo signaling may affect hepatocyte differentiation by influencing HNF4A and FOXA2 interactions with temporal enhancers
  • FOXA2 can be a regulator of NODAL expression
  • MEN1 is a novel protein partner of FOXA2, as a regulator of FOXA2, the biological functions of which extend beyond the pancreatic endocrine cells
  • cell & other
    induced by HNF6 in hepatoma cells
    Other activation of phosphatidylinositol3-kinase-akt by insulin induces Foxa2 phosphorylation, nuclear exclusion and inhibition of FOXA2-dependent transcriptional activity
    its expression and biological functions are regulated by various factors, including, in particular, insulin and glucagon
    unexpected role for DNA methylation in the activation of FOXA2 gene expression during differentiation
    sumoylation regulates FOXA2 protein expression and activity
    corresponding disease(s)
    Other morbid association(s)
    TypeGene ModificationChromosome rearrangementProtein expressionProtein Function
    tumoral somatic mutation      
    frequently mutated in endometrioid endometrial cancers (EEC)
    constitutional   deletion    
    heterozygous deletion of FOXA2 in a family with heterotaxy, panhypopituitarism, and biliary atresia, associated with decreased expression of NODAL
    Susceptibility to sporadic cas of maturity-onset diabetes of the young
    Variant & Polymorphism
    Candidate gene
    Therapy target
  • mutant-/-have right expression of LEFTY2, (not NODAL), lack foregut and midgul endoderm and show anomalies of left-right (L/R) asymetry
  • chronic hyperinsulinemia in insulin-resitant syndromes in mice results in the cytoplasmic localization and inactivation of Foxa2, promoting lipid accumulation and insulin resistance in the liver
  • Foxa2 was overexpressed in islets from alpha-cell-specific Men1 mutant mice