Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 5.2.0)
Enables aromatic-L-amino-acid decarboxylase activity. Acts upstream of or within response to toxic substance. Located in cytoplasm. Is expressed in several structures, including alimentary system; heart; nervous system; respiratory system; and sensory organ. Used to study aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in Parkinson's disease; aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency; bipolar disorder; and inherited metabolic disorder. Orthologous to human DDC (dopa decarboxylase).