Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 5.2.0)
Predicted to enable endopeptidase activity and metal ion binding activity. Involved in several processes, including positive regulation of biosynthetic process; positive regulation of intracellular signal transduction; and regulation of cytokine production. Located in 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).