Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 5.3.0)
Acts upstream of or within maintenance of lens transparency. Located in extracellular space. Is expressed in nasal cavity epithelium; respiratory system; stomach; and testis. Used to study dry eye syndrome. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and dry eye syndrome. Orthologous to human MUC5AC (mucin 5AC, oligomeric mucus/gel-forming).