Synonyms: CMAS,CMP N acetylneuraminic acid synthase,CMP Neu5Ac synthetase,CMP NeuNAc synthetase,CMP sialic acid synthetase,CMP-N-acetylneuraminic acid synthase,CMP-N-acetylneuraminic acid synthetase,CMP-NeuNAc synthase,CSS,Cytidine 5' monophosphate N acetylneuraminic acid synthetase,Cytidine 5-prime-monophosphate N-acetylneuraminic acid synthetase,Cytidine monophosphate N acetylneuraminic acid synthetase,N acylneuraminate cytidylyltransferase,N-acylneuraminate cytidylyltransferase,NEUA
Background: This gene encodes an enzyme that converts N-acetylneuraminic acid (NeuNAc) to cytidine 5'-monophosphate N-acetylneuraminic acid (CMP-NeuNAc). This process is important in the formation of sialylated glycoprotein and glycolipids. This modification plays a role in cell-cell communications and immune responses. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants.