OMIA:000201-61455 : Coat colour, agouti in Catopuma temminckii (Asiatic golden cat)

In other species: Tasmanian devil , 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 , meadow voles , domestic guinea pig , alpaca , leopard cat , oldfield mouse , Kodkod , Colocolo , 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

Mode of inheritance: Autosomal recessive

Considered a defect: no

Key variant known: yes

Year key variant first reported: 2012

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".

Species-specific name: Also known as Pardofelis temminckii

Inheritance: On the strength of the evidence that the melanistic phenotype in this species is due to homozygosity for a base substitution, and that this phenotype in other species is autosomal recessive, Schneider et al. (2012) concluded autosomal recessive inheritance for this trait in this species.

Molecular basis: By sequencing the ASIP candidate gene in non-melanistic and melanistic Asian golden cats, Schneider et al. (2012) showed that the melanistic phenotype is due to homozygosity for "a non-synonymous substitution (C384G) predicted to cause a cysteine-tryptophan substitution at codon 128".

Associated gene:

Symbol Description Species Chr Location OMIA gene details page Other Links
ASIP Catopuma temminckii - no genomic information (-..-) ASIP Ensembl


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OMIA Variant ID Breed(s) Variant Phenotype Gene Allele Type of Variant Source of Genetic Variant Reference Sequence Chr. g. or m. c. or n. p. Verbal Description EVA ID Year Published PubMed ID(s) Acknowledgements
253 Black ASIP missense Naturally occurring variant c.384C>G p.(C128W) 2012 23251368

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2024). OMIA:000201-61455: 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.

2024 Duan, F., Zhu, S., Wang, Y., Song, D., Shen, X., Li, S. :
Distribution of the Asiatic golden cat (Catopuma temminckii) and variations in its coat morphology in China. Ecol Evol 14:e10900, 2024. Pubmed reference: 38327691. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.10900.
2012 Schneider, A., David, V.A., Johnson, W.E., O'Brien, S.J., Barsh, G.S., Menotti-Raymond, M., Eizirik, E. :
How the leopard hides its spots: ASIP mutations and melanism in wild cats. PLoS One 7:e50386, 2012. Pubmed reference: 23251368. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050386.

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  • Created by Frank Nicholas on 05 Jan 2013
  • Changed by Frank Nicholas on 05 Jan 2013
  • Changed by Imke Tammen2 on 09 Feb 2024