GEPHE SUMMARY Print
Gephebase Gene
Entry Status
Published
GepheID
GP00001330
Main curator
Prigent
PHENOTYPIC CHANGE
Trait Category
Trait State in Taxon A
Felis silvestris catus-Sable Burmese
Trait State in Taxon B
Felis silvestris catus-Russet Burmese
Ancestral State
Taxon A
Taxonomic Status
Taxon A
Latin Name
Common Name
domestic cat
Synonyms
Felis domesticus; Felis silvestris catus; domestic cat; cat; cats; Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758
Rank
species
Lineage
Show more ... thostomata; Teleostomi; Euteleostomi; Sarcopterygii; Dipnotetrapodomorpha; Tetrapoda; Amniota; Mammalia; Theria; Eutheria; Boreoeutheria; Laurasiatheria; Carnivora; Feliformia; Felidae; Felinae; Felis
NCBI Taxonomy ID
is Taxon A an Infraspecies?
Yes
Taxon A Description
Felis silvestris catus-Sable Burmese
Taxon B
Latin Name
Common Name
domestic cat
Synonyms
Felis domesticus; Felis silvestris catus; domestic cat; cat; cats; Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758
Rank
species
Lineage
Show more ... thostomata; Teleostomi; Euteleostomi; Sarcopterygii; Dipnotetrapodomorpha; Tetrapoda; Amniota; Mammalia; Theria; Eutheria; Boreoeutheria; Laurasiatheria; Carnivora; Feliformia; Felidae; Felinae; Felis
NCBI Taxonomy ID
is Taxon B an Infraspecies?
Yes
Taxon B Description
Felis silvestris catus-Russet Burmese
GENOTYPIC CHANGE
Generic Gene Name
MC1R
Synonyms
CMM5; MSH-R; SHEP2; MSHR
Sequence Similarities
Belongs to the G-protein coupled receptor 1 family.
UniProtKB
Homo sapiens
GenebankID or UniProtKB
Presumptive Null
No
Molecular Type
Aberration Type
Deletion Size
1-9 bp
Molecular Details of the Mutation
3bp deletion at c.439-441del (p.Phe146del)
Experimental Evidence
Authors
Gustafson NA; Gandolfi B; Lyons LA
Abstract
The Burmese is a breed of domestic cat that originated in Southeast Asia and was further developed in the United States. Variants in melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) causes common coat colour phenotypes in a variety of mammalian species but only limited colour variation in the domestic cat. Known as the extension (E) locus, melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) interacts with the agouti locus to produce the eumelanin and pheomelanin pigments. Recently, a novel reddish coloration, which is termed russet, was identified in the Burmese cat breed. Because this russet Burmese coloration changes with aging, MC1R was suggested as candidate gene. The similar colouration in specific lineages of Norwegian Forest cat known as amber (e) (c.250G>A; p.Asp84Asn) was excluded for this Burmese phenotype. The complete 954-bp coding region of MC1R was directly sequenced in russet Burmese and suspected carriers. A 3-bp deletion (c.439_441del) associated with the deletion of a phenyalanine (p.Phe146del) in the protein sequence was identified. All russet coloured cats were homozygous for the variant, and all obligate carriers were heterozygous, confirming that the deletion segregated concordantly with colouring in Burmese cats from the New Zealand foundation lineage. The variant was not identified in 442 cats from 26 different breeds and random-bred cats. Twenty-six Burmese from the USA did not have the variant. This MC1R variant defines a unique coloration and the second breed-specific MC1R variant in cats. The interactions of the two recessive feline MC1R alleles (E  >  e, e ) is unknown.

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Additional References
COMMENTS
autosomal recessive
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