Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 3.2)
Exhibits MHC class I protein binding activity and peptide antigen binding activity. Involved in several processes, including antigen processing and presentation of endogenous peptide antigen via MHC class I via ER pathway, TAP-dependent; antigen processing and presentation of exogenous peptide antigen via MHC class I; and positive regulation of T cell mediated cytotoxicity. Localizes to external side of plasma membrane. Is expressed in several structures, including brain; genitourinary system; hemolymphoid system gland; liver; and retina. Used to study myositis. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in several diseases, including asthma (multiple); autoimmune disease (multiple); eye disease (multiple); human immunodeficiency virus infectious disease (multiple); and inner ear disease (multiple). Orthologous to several human genes including HLA-A (major histocompatibility complex, class I, A); HLA-E (major histocompatibility complex, class I, E); and HLA-F (major histocompatibility complex, class I, F).