Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources
Exhibits sphingolipid delta-4 desaturase activity. Involved in ceramide biosynthetic process and positive regulation of apoptotic process. Predicted to localize to the mitochondrion. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in hypomyelinating leukodystrophy. Is expressed in several structures, including alimentary system; cardiovascular system; genitourinary system; nervous system; and sensory organ. Orthologous to human DEGS1 (delta 4-desaturase, sphingolipid 1).