Essential for the proper assembly of the glomerular and tubular basement membranes in kidney. Defects in CD151 are the cause of nephropathy with pretibial epidermolysis bullosa and deafness (NPEBD). NPEBD is characterized by the association of hereditary nephritis, epidermolysis bullosa, deafness, and beta-thalassemia minor. Belongs to the tetraspanin (TM4SF) family. Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB.
Protein type: Membrane protein, integral; Membrane protein, multi-pass