Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 3.2)
Exhibits L-glutamate transmembrane transporter activity and kainate selective glutamate receptor activity. Involved in several processes, including chemical synaptic transmission; modulation of chemical synaptic transmission; and positive regulation of gamma-aminobutyric acid secretion. Localizes to several cellular components, including kainate selective glutamate receptor complex; postsynaptic density; and presynaptic membrane. Is expressed in several structures, including alimentary system; ear; genitourinary system; integumental system; and nervous system. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in childhood absence epilepsy. Orthologous to human GRIK1 (glutamate ionotropic receptor kainate type subunit 1).