OMIA:000201-10053 : Coat colour, agouti in Microtus (meadow voles)

In other species: gray wolf , coyote , dog , red fox , domestic cat , leopard , ass (donkey) , horse , pig , Arabian camel , llama , Western roe deer , impala , taurine cattle , goat , sheep , rabbit , tassel-eared squirrel , North American deer mouse , Mongolian gerbil , domestic guinea pig , alpaca , leopard cat , oldfield mouse , Kodkod , Colocolo , Asiatic golden cat , Northern mole vole , Eurasian water mole

Categories: Pigmentation phene

Links to possible relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) in OMIM: 611742 (trait) , 600201 (gene)

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Considered a defect: no

Key variant known: no

Cross-species summary: This locus, ASIP, encodes the agouti signalling protein, a peptide antagonist of the melanocyte-stimulating hormone receptor (MC1R), which is the product of the extension locus. As explained by Schneider et al. (PLoS Genet 10(2): e1004892; 2015), "The most common causes of melanism (black coat) mutations are gain-of-function alterations in MC1R, or loss-of function alterations in ASIP, which encodes Agouti signaling protein, a paracrine signaling molecule that inhibits MC1R signaling".

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2011). OMIA:000201-10053: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) [dataset].


Note: the references are listed in reverse chronological order (from the most recent year to the earliest year), and alphabetically by first author within a year.

1996 Bazhan, N.M., Yakovleva, T.V., Makarova, E.N. :
Reproduction in the water vole (arvicola terrestris), polymorphic for the agouti locus [Russian] Genetika 32:1125-1130, 1996. Pubmed reference: 8964483.
1991 Prasolova, L.A., Bazhan, N.M., Vsevolodov, E.B., Latypov, I.F. :
[Verification of the color genotype based on morphological analysis of fur pigmentation of brown and black water voles Arvicola terrestris L]. Genetika 27:1423-30, 1991. Pubmed reference: 1761214.

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