Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 5.2.0)
Enables cytokine activity and growth factor activity. Acts upstream of or within several processes, including lung development; placenta development; and positive regulation of macromolecule metabolic process. Located in extracellular space. Is expressed in several structures, including alimentary system; central nervous system; cranium; early conceptus; and female reproductive system. Orthologous to human LIF (LIF interleukin 6 family cytokine).