OMIA:002071-9615 : Macular corneal dystrophy in Canis lupus familiaris (dog)

Categories: Vision / eye phene

Links to possible relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) in OMIM: 217800 (trait) , 605294 (gene)

Links to relevant human diseases in MONDO:

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Mode of inheritance: Autosomal recessive

Considered a defect: yes

Key variant known: yes

Year key variant first reported: 2016

Molecular basis: By sequencing the most likely comparative candidate gene (CHST6) in one affected and one normal Labrador Retriever, Tetas Pont et al. (2016) identified the likely causal mutation as c.814C>A; p.R272S. Supporting evidence was provided by evidence that "six LR affected with MCD were homozygous for the mutant allele, while 140/151 control LR were homozygous for the wild-type allele and 11/151 were heterozygous for the mutation". Frustratingly, CHST6 is called LOC489707 in NCBI Gene.

Clinical features: Busse et al. (2019): "Labrador Retrievers affected by MCD were presented between the age of 4.5 and 6 years of age with a history of cloudy eyes and/or visual impairment. Findings on ophthalmic examination included a diffuse haze of the corneal stroma and multiple, well-demarcated, off-white to yellow-brown, punctate corneal opacities heterogeneous in size. Corneal vascularization developed in most dogs as the disease progressed. Disease progression was associated with increased density of the corneal haze as well as increased number and size of the focal opacities and dogs developed significant visual impairment. Spectral domain-optical coherence tomography revealed multifocal hyper-reflective regions within the stroma. In vivo confocal microscopy revealed marked alterations in reflectivity throughout the entire stroma. Normal keratocytes could not be identified in affected areas."

Pathology: Busse et al. (2019): "Histopathology showed stromal collagen fibers separated by acidophilic granular material on hematoxylin and eosin stain. The material stained with periodic acid-Schiff and colloidal iron stain but not with Masson trichrome stain, confirming the accumulation of glycosaminoglycans. On electron microscopic ultrastructural examination, keratocytes presented with vacuolated rough endoplasmic reticulum and multiple electron dense cytoplasmic inclusions. In areas keratocytes appeared ruptured, with cell organelles and proteinaceous material grouped together between collagen fibers."

Prevalence: As reported by Tetas Pont et al. (2016), "The mutant allele was present in the unrelated LR cohort [of 89 unrelated Labrador Retrievers with unknown clinical status] at a frequency of 0.017, suggesting carrier and affection rates of 3.3% and 0.028%, respectively."

Associated gene:

Symbol Description Species Chr Location OMIA gene details page Other Links
LOC489707 carbohydrate sulfotransferase 6 Canis lupus familiaris 5 NC_051809.1 (75580429..75594782) LOC489707 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
108 Labrador Retriever (Dog) Macular corneal dystrophy LOC489707 missense Naturally occurring variant CanFam3.1 5 g.75279699C>A c.814C>A p.(R272S) 2016 26585178 Variant coordinates obtained from or confirmed by EBI's Some Effect Predictor (VEP) tool

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2023). OMIA:002071-9615: 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 Genetics Committee of the American College of Veterinary Opthalmologists :
The Blue Book: Ocular disorders presumed to be inherited in purebred dogs. 13th Edition , 2021.
2019 Busse, C., Kafarnik, C., Linn-Pearl, R., Volmer, C., Matiasek, K., Premont, J.E., Dulaurent, T., Douet, J.Y., Gilbert, I., Jalomäki, S., Trost, K., Isard, P.F., Boyd, R., Raymond, I. :
Phenotype of macular corneal dystrophy in Labrador Retrievers: A multicenter study. Vet Ophthalmol 22:294-304, 2019. Pubmed reference: 30701649. DOI: 10.1111/vop.12596.
2016 Tetas Pont, R., Downs, L., Pettitt, L., Busse, C., Mellersh, C.S. :
A carbohydrate sulfotransferase-6 (CHST6) gene mutation is associated with macular corneal dystrophy in Labrador Retrievers. Vet Ophthalmol 19:488-492, 2016. Pubmed reference: 26585178. DOI: 10.1111/vop.12332.
2013 Busse, C., Kafarnik, C., Tetas, R. et al. :
Case report: A form of macular corneal dystrophy in a Labrador retriever. Abstract presentation in European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists , 2013.

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