Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 3.1.1)
Predicted to have extracellular matrix structural constituent. Involved in chondrocyte proliferation; growth plate cartilage development; and tissue homeostasis. Predicted to localize to collagen type IX trimer; extracellular matrix; and extracellular space. Is expressed in several structures, including genitourinary system; limb; respiratory system; sensory organ; and skeletal system. Used to study osteoarthritis. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in Stickler syndrome; multiple epiphyseal dysplasia 6; and osteochondrodysplasia. Orthologous to human COL9A1 (collagen type IX alpha 1 chain).