OMIA:000327-9986 : Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, generic in Oryctolagus cuniculus (rabbit)

In other species: dog , domestic cat , horse , sheep , Campbell's desert hamster , American mink

Categories: Integument (skin) phene

Links to possible relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) in OMIM: 120150 (gene) , 130000 (trait) , 130010 (trait) , 130020 (trait) , 130050 (trait) , 130060 (trait) , 130070 (trait) , 130080 (trait) , 130090 (trait) , 147900 (trait) , 225310 (trait) , 225320 (trait) , 225400 (trait) , 225410 (trait) , 229200 (trait)

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Considered a defect: yes

Key variant known: no

Cross-species summary: Also known as cutaneous asthenia (CA) or hyperelastosis cutis (HC). Some animals are born with easily extendible and very fragile skin. Severe lacerations result from the slightest scratch. The basic cause of these severe clinical signs is the presence of abnormal collagen in the skin. There are several genes encoding peptides that form procollagen molecules. There are also several genes encoding enzymes that remove excess amino acids from each end of the procollagen molecules, creating mature collagen. Mutations in any of these genes can give rise to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (see gene-specific entries in OMIA). In general, mutations in collagen structural genes result in dominant forms of the disorder, because heterozygotes produce 50 per cent abnormal collagen molecules. In contrast, mutations in the genes for the enzymes that "process" procollagen generally result in recessive forms of the disorder, because the 50 per cent of normal enzyme activity that occurs in heterozygotes is sufficient to "process" all procollagen molecules. In humans, a detailed classification of the different types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome has been made, corresponding to mutations in the different genes involved. In animals, most occurrences of the disorder have to be lumped together because the detailed studies necessary for classification have not yet been conducted.

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2005). OMIA:000327-9986: 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.

2021 Vroman, R., Malfait, A.M., Miller, R.E., Malfait, F., Syx, D. :
Animal models of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes: Phenotype, pathogenesis, and translational potential. Front Genet 12:726474, 2021. Pubmed reference: 34712265. DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2021.726474.
1999 Iglauer, F., Wilmering, G., Huisinga, E., Wolm, M., Lorke, D.E. :
Cutaneous asthenia (Ehlers-Danlos-like Syndrom) in a rabbit. [German] Deutsche Tierarztliche Wochenschrift 106:500-505, 1999. Pubmed reference: 10666931.
1997 Sinke, J.D., Vandijk, J.E., Willemse, T. :
A case of Ehlers-Danlos-like syndrome in a rabbit with a review of the disease in other species [Review] Veterinary Quarterly 19:182-185, 1997. Pubmed reference: 9413117.
1993 Brown, P.J., Young, R.D., Cripps, P.J. :
Abnormalities of Collagen Fibrils in a Rabbit with a Connective Tissue Defect Similar to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Research in Veterinary Science 55:346-350, 1993. Pubmed reference: 8284499.
1990 Harvey, R.G., Brown, P.J., Young, R.D., Whitbread, T.J. :
A Connective Tissue Defect in 2 Rabbits Similar to the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Veterinary Record 126:130-132, 1990. Pubmed reference: 2316134.

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