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Entry Status
Published
GepheID
GP00000519
Main curator
Martin
PHENOTYPIC CHANGE
Trait Category
Trait State in Taxon A
Felis catus - white-spotted
Trait State in Taxon B
Felis catus - Dominant White/blue iris
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?
No
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 catus - Dominant White/blue iris
GENOTYPIC CHANGE
Generic Gene Name
Kit
Synonyms
W; Bs; Fdc; Ssm; SCO1; SCO5; SOW3; CD117; c-KIT; Tr-kit; Gsfsco1; Gsfsco5; Gsfsow3; Sl
Sequence Similarities
Belongs to the protein kinase superfamily. Tyr protein kinase family. CSF-1/PDGF receptor subfamily.
GO - Biological Process
GO:0043066 : negative regulation of apoptotic process ... show more
UniProtKB
Mus musculus
GenebankID or UniProtKB
Presumptive Null
No
Molecular Type
Aberration Type
Deletion Size
1-10 kb
Molecular Details of the Mutation
Excision of the full-length FERV1 elevement leaving the two LTR residues
Experimental Evidence
Authors
David VA; Menotti-Raymond M; Wallace AC; Roelke M; Kehler J; Leighty R; Eizirik E; Hannah SS; et al. ... show more
Abstract
The Dominant White locus (W) in the domestic cat demonstrates pleiotropic effects exhibiting complete penetrance for absence of coat pigmentation and incomplete penetrance for deafness and iris hypopigmentation. We performed linkage analysis using a pedigree segregating White to identify KIT (Chr. B1) as the feline W locus. Segregation and sequence analysis of the KIT gene in two pedigrees (P1 and P2) revealed the remarkable retrotransposition and evolution of a feline endogenous retrovirus (FERV1) as responsible for two distinct phenotypes of the W locus, Dominant White, and white spotting. A full-length (7125 bp) FERV1 element is associated with white spotting, whereas a FERV1 long terminal repeat (LTR) is associated with all Dominant White individuals. For purposes of statistical analysis, the alternatives of wild-type sequence, FERV1 element, and LTR-only define a triallelic marker. Taking into account pedigree relationships, deafness is genetically linked and associated with this marker; estimated P values for association are in the range of 0.007 to 0.10. The retrotransposition interrupts a DNAase I hypersensitive site in KIT intron 1 that is highly conserved across mammals and was previously demonstrated to regulate temporal and tissue-specific expression of KIT in murine hematopoietic and melanocytic cells. A large-population genetic survey of cats (n = 270), representing 30 cat breeds, supports our findings and demonstrates statistical significance of the FERV1 LTR and full-length element with Dominant White/blue iris (P < 0.0001) and white spotting (P < 0.0001), respectively.

Copyright © 2014 David et al.
Additional References
COMMENTS
@Pleiotropy @TE; Affects a conserved melanocyte enhancer
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