Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 3.2)
Exhibits cytokine activity. Involved in several processes, including defense response to other organism; glial cell activation; and positive regulation of macromolecule metabolic process. Localizes to external side of plasma membrane and extracellular space. Is expressed in colon; liver; thymus; and thymus primordium. Used to study several diseases, including aplastic anemia; hepatitis; malaria; medulloblastoma; and type 1 diabetes mellitus. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in several diseases, including allergic rhinitis; ataxia telangiectasia; autoimmune disease (multiple); eczema herpeticum; and leukemia (multiple). Orthologous to human IFNG (interferon gamma).