Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 3.1.1)
Predicted to have cytoskeletal protein binding activity; enzyme binding activity; and ion channel binding activity. Involved in several processes, including erythrocyte development; iron ion homeostasis; and porphyrin-containing compound biosynthetic process. Localizes to cortical cytoskeleton; membrane; and spectrin-associated cytoskeleton. Is expressed in several structures, including central nervous system; embryo mesenchyme; heart; retina; and skeletal muscle. Used to study hereditary spherocytosis type 1 and malaria. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in anemia; hereditary spherocytosis; and hereditary spherocytosis type 1. Orthologous to human ANK1 (ankyrin 1).