Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 3.2)
Exhibits cysteine-type endopeptidase activity. Involved in several processes, including basement membrane disassembly; positive regulation of cation channel activity; and proteolysis involved in cellular protein catabolic process. Localizes to lysosome and membrane. Is expressed in several structures, including blastocyst; blood vessel; central nervous system; and uterus. Used to study Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in neuropathy. Orthologous to human CTSS (cathepsin S).