Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources
A structural constituent of cytoskeleton and structural constituent of eye lens. Involved in several processes, including SMAD protein signal transduction; astrocyte differentiation; and cellular response to interferon-gamma. Localizes to several cellular components, including the cell leading edge; intermediate filament; and phagocytic vesicle. Used to study cataract 30. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in Behcet's disease; atherosclerosis; autoimmune hypersensitivity disease (multiple); cataract 30; and rheumatoid arthritis. Is expressed in several structures, including alimentary system; brain; genitourinary system; heart; and sensory organ. Orthologous to human VIM (vimentin).