Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 5.2.2)
Enables BMP binding activity; heparin binding activity; and proteoglycan binding activity. Involved in several processes, including circulatory system development; mesenchymal cell differentiation; and modulation of chemical synaptic transmission. Acts upstream of or within several processes, including gastrulation; negative regulation of osteoblast differentiation; and osteoblast differentiation. Located in extracellular space. Is active in cell surface and extracellular region. Is expressed in several structures, including alimentary system; branchial arch; central nervous system; genitourinary system; and skeletal system. Used to study DiGeorge syndrome and velocardiofacial syndrome. Orthologous to human CHRD (chordin).