OMIA:000755-93934 : Osteopetrosis in Coturnix japonica (Japanese quail)

In other species: ass (donkey) , horse , taurine cattle , rabbit , yellow-crowned parrot

Categories: Skeleton phene (incl. short stature & teeth)

Links to possible relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) in OMIM: 259700 (trait) , 259710 (trait) , 259720 (trait) , 259730 (trait) , 600329 (trait)

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Mode of inheritance: Autosomal

Considered a defect: yes

Key variant known: yes

Year key variant first reported: 2001

Molecular basis: Kawaguchi et al. (2001) reported that the same MITF mutation that causes silver feathering in quail also causes osteopetrosis.

Associated gene:

Symbol Description Species Chr Location OMIA gene details page Other Links
MITF microphthalmia-associated transcription factor Coturnix japonica 12 NC_029527.1 (12902808..12989046) MITF Homologene, Ensembl , NCBI gene


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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
505 Osteopetrosis MITF deletion, small (<=20) Naturally occurring variant same MITF variant as for silver, as reported in 1998 2001 11169846

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2012). OMIA:000755-93934: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) [dataset].


2001 Kawaguchi, N., Ono, T., Mochii, M., Noda, M. :
Spontaneous mutation in Mitf gene causes osteopetrosis in silver homozygote quail Developmental Dynamics 220:133-140, 2001. Pubmed reference: 11169846. DOI: 10.1002/1097-0177(2000)9999:9999<::AID-DVDY1095>3.0.CO;2-7.

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