Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources
Exhibits melanocyte-stimulating hormone receptor activity. Involved in several processes, including melanin biosynthetic process; pigmentation; and positive regulation of intracellular signal transduction. Predicted to localize to the plasma membrane. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in familial melanoma; major depressive disorder; melanoma; and oculocutaneous albinism type II. Orthologous to human MC1R (melanocortin 1 receptor).