Dental enamel forms as a progressively thickening extracellular layer by the action of proteins secreted by ameloblasts. The most abundant enamel protein is amelogenin, which is expressed primarily from a gene on the X-chromosome (AMELX). The two most abundant non-amelogenin enamel proteins are ameloblastin and enamelin, which are expressed from the AMBN and ENAM genes, respectively. The human AMBN and ENAM genes are located on chromosome 4q13.2. The major secretory products of the human AMELX, AMBN, and ENAM genes have 175, 421, and 1103 amino acids, respectively, and are all post-translationally modified, secreted, and processed by proteases. Mutations in AMELX have been shown to cause X-linked amelogenesis imperfecta (AI), which accounts for 5% of AI cases. Mutations in ENAM cause a severe form of autosomal-dominant smooth hypoplastic AI that represents 1.5%, and a mild form of autosomal-dominant local hypoplastic AI that accounts for 27% of AI cases in Sweden. The discovery of mutations in the ENAM gene in AI kindreds proved that enamelin is critical for proper dental enamel formation and that it plays a role in human disease. Here we review how enamelin was discovered, what is known about enamelin protein structure, post-translational modifications, processing by proteases, and its potentially important functional properties such as its affinity for hydroxyapatite and influence on crystal growth in vitro. The primary structures of human, porcine, mouse, and rat enamelin are compared, and the human enamelin gene, its structure, chromosomal localization, temporal and spatial patterns of expression, and its role in the etiology of amelogenesis imperfecta are discussed.