Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 3.2)
Exhibits cytokine activity and interleukin-6 receptor binding activity. Involved in several processes, including animal organ development; cellular response to cytokine stimulus; and regulation of hormone secretion. Localizes to external side of plasma membrane; extracellular space; and interleukin-6 receptor complex. Is expressed in several structures, including early conceptus; gut; liver; thymus; and uterus. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in several diseases, including artery disease (multiple); autoimmune disease (multiple); gastrointestinal system cancer (multiple); glucose metabolism disease (multiple); and periodontal disease (multiple). Orthologous to human IL6 (interleukin 6).