Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources
Exhibits cytokine activity. Involved in several processes, including negative regulation of cell communication; positive regulation of cytokine production; and regulation of intracellular signal transduction. Localizes to the extracellular space and secretory granule. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in several diseases, including autoimmune hypersensitivity disease (multiple); blood platelet disease (multiple); diabetes mellitus (multiple); eye disease (multiple); and lung disease (multiple). Is expressed in several structures, including dorsal aorta; early conceptus; hemolymphoid system; liver; and reproductive system. Orthologous to human IL1B (interleukin 1 beta).