Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources
Exhibits metal ion binding activity; palmitoyl-CoA 9-desaturase activity; and stearoyl-CoA 9-desaturase activity. Involved in several processes, including brown fat cell differentiation; cholesterol esterification; and monounsaturated fatty acid biosynthetic process. Localizes to the integral component of endoplasmic reticulum membrane. Orthologous to human SCD (stearoyl-CoA desaturase).