Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources
Exhibits melanocyte-stimulating hormone receptor activity. Involved in several processes, including insulin secretion; positive regulation of bone resorption; and response to insulin. Predicted to localize to the nucleus and plasma membrane. Used to study fatty liver disease and obesity. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in morbid obesity and obesity. Is expressed in several structures, including axial skeleton; nervous system; and thyroid gland. Orthologous to human MC4R (melanocortin 4 receptor).