Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 3.2)
Predicted to have endopeptidase activity and metal ion binding activity. Involved in several processes, including positive regulation of intracellular signal transduction; positive regulation of microglial cell activation; and regulation of cytokine production. Localizes to extracellular space. Is expressed in several structures, including central nervous system; genitourinary system; hindlimb digit mesenchyme; musculature; and skeleton. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in breast cancer and carotid artery disease. Orthologous to human MMP8 (matrix metallopeptidase 8).