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What is neurofibromatosis 2?

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The NF2 gene produces a protein, called merlin, in the schwann cells that wrap around the axons of nerve cells. Merlin is a tumor suppressor protein, involved in regulation of the cell's activities. If the merlin protein is mutated, the schwann cells can change shape and reproduce at an unusual rate. This uncontrolled growth can lead to tumors around nerves in the ear and central nervous system.
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nf2 gene,nerve cells,schwann cells,chromosome 22,tumor suppressor protein,central nervous system,uncontrolled growth,axons,nerves,tumors
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