Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources
Exhibits calcium ion binding activity and extracellular matrix binding activity. Involved in several processes, including bone development; cellular response to growth factor stimulus; and pigmentation. Localizes to the extracellular matrix and extracellular space. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in cervix carcinoma; endometrial carcinoma; and osteogenesis imperfecta type 17. Is expressed in several structures, including alimentary system; extraembryonic component; genitourinary system; nervous system; and sensory organ. Orthologous to human SPARC (secreted protein acidic and cysteine rich).