Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 4.0)
Acts upstream of or within defense response to bacterium and regulation of macrophage activation. Located in extracellular space. Is expressed in larynx and trachea. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in bronchiolitis; idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; and urinary bladder cancer. Orthologous to human MUC5B (mucin 5B, oligomeric mucus/gel-forming).