Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 4.1.0)
Enables extracellular matrix binding activity. Involved in several processes, including behavioral response to pain; positive regulation of macrophage chemotaxis; and positive regulation of transforming growth factor beta receptor signaling pathway. Acts upstream of or within several processes, including cellular response to nitric oxide; circulatory system development; and monocyte aggregation. Located in extracellular space and sarcoplasmic reticulum. Is expressed in several structures, including alimentary system; brain; genitourinary system; limb; and sensory organ. Used to study Sjogren's syndrome. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in cholangiocarcinoma; pancreatic cancer; and pancreatic ductal carcinoma. Orthologous to human THBS1 (thrombospondin 1).