Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources
Exhibits SH2 domain binding activity; protease binding activity; and stem cell factor receptor activity. Involved in several processes, including detection of mechanical stimulus involved in sensory perception of sound; hemopoiesis; and positive regulation of macromolecule metabolic process. Localizes to the cell-cell junction and external side of plasma membrane. Used to study gastrointestinal stromal tumor; macrocytic anemia; mastocytosis; and piebaldism. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in several diseases, including acute myeloid leukemia; gastrointestinal stromal tumor; germ cell cancer (multiple); piebaldism; and renal cell carcinoma. Is expressed in several structures, including alimentary system; branchial arch; central nervous system; embryo mesenchyme; and genitourinary system. Orthologous to human KIT (KIT proto-oncogene, receptor tyrosine kinase).