OMIA 000187-9615 : Chondrodysplasia in Canis lupus familiaris

In other species: domestic cat , pig , cattle

Possibly relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) (MIM number): 225500

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Mode of inheritance: Autosomal

Considered a defect: no

Key variant known: yes

Year key variant first reported: 2009

Cross-species summary: Abnormal growth of cartilage, leading to disproportionate dwarfism.

Mapping: In a mammoth GWAS on 95 chondrodysplastic dogs from 8 breeds and 702 non-chondrodysplastic dogs from 64 breeds, each genotyped with the Affymetrix version 2.0 SNP chip (yielding 41,635 informative SNPs for analysis), Parker et al. (2009) highlighted a 431kb region on chromosome CFA18.

By conducting a proof-of-principal across-breed GWAS on 18 affected (from 6 breeds, and including 3 crossbred dogs) and 27 control dogs from 11 breeds (and including 4 crossbred dogs), each genotyped with the Affymetrix Version 2 Custom Canine SNP (comprising 49,663 SNPs), Bannasch et al. (2010) highlighted the same region on chromosome CFA18 that had been shown by Parker et al. (2009) to harbour a likely causal FGF4 retrogene.

For the mapping of a similar phenotype in other breeds to a likely causal variant on chromsome CFA18, see Brown et al. (2017) in OMIA 000157-9615.

Molecular basis: Sequencing within the candidate region (see Mapping section) by Parker et al. (2009) revealed the likely causal mutation to be a 5kb insertion containing a FGF4 retrogene, i.e. a processed pseudogene of FGF4: "Neither the introns nor the upstream promoter sequences of the gene were present in the insert, however all exons were present, with no alterations in the coding sequence, as well as the 3’ UTR and poly-A tail characteristic of retrotransposition of processed mRNA". Furthermore, "The retrogene is inserted in the middle of a LINE with both LINEs and SINEs upstream". The authors suggested "that atypical expression of the [retrogen] FGF4 transcript in the chondrocytes may be causing inappropriate activation of one or more of the fibroblast growth factor receptors such as FGFR3", mutations in which account for the majority of dwarfism cases in humans. The insertion containing the FGF4 retrogene starts at 23,431,136 on CFA18, which is 25Mb away from the complete FGF4 gene, which is located at 48413479-48415205.

Clinical features: Even though chondrodysplasia is normally regarded as a defect, this canine mutation is not classified as a defect because, as noted by Parker et al. (2009), it is a "a short-legged phenotype that defines at least 19 dog breeds including dachshund, corgi, and basset hound".

Prevalence: Parker et al. (2009) reported that the CFA18 FGF4 retrogene insertion is fixed (i.e. freq = 1) in the 15 chondrodysplastic breeds listed below.

Breeds: Basset Hound, Cairn Terrier, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Dachshund, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Lancashire heeler, Norwich Terrier, Pekingese, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, Shih-Tzu, Skye Terrier, Swedish Vallhund, Tibetan Spaniel, West Highland Terrier.


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WARNING! Inclusion of a variant in this table does not automatically mean that it should be used for DNA testing. Anyone contemplating the use of any of these variants for DNA testing should examine critically the relevant evidence (especially in breeds other than the breed in which the variant was first described). If it is decided to proceed, the location and orientation of the variant sequence should be checked very carefully.

Breed(s) Variant Phenotype Gene Allele Type of Variant Reference Sequence Chr. g. or m. c. or n. p. Verbal Description EVA ID Year Published PubMed ID(s) Acknowledgements
Basset Hound Cairn Terrier Cardigan Welsh Corgi Dachshund Dandie Dinmont Terrier Lancashire heeler Norwich Terrier Pekingese Pembroke Welsh Corgi Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Shih-Tzu Skye Terrier Swedish Vallhund Tibetan Spaniel West Highland Terrier Chondrodysplasia FGF4 insertion, gross (>20) 18 a 5kb insertion containing a FGF4 retrogene, i.e. a processed pseudogene of FGF4: The insertion containing the FGF4 retrogene starts at 23,431,136 on CFA18, which is 25Mb away from the complete (original) FGF4 gene, which is located at CFA18 48413479-48415205 2009 19608863


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.
2010 Bannasch, D., Young, A., Myers, J., Truvé, K., Dickinson, P., Gregg, J., Davis, R., Bongcam-Rudloff, E., Webster, M.T., Lindblad-Toh, K., Pedersen, N. :
Localization of canine brachycephaly using an across breed mapping approach. PLoS One 5:e9632, 2010. Pubmed reference: 20224736. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009632.
2009 Kaessmann, H. :
Genetics. More than just a copy. Science 325:958-9, 2009. Pubmed reference: 19696341. DOI: 10.1126/science.1178487.
Parker, HG., Vonholdt, BM., Quignon, P., Margulies, EH., Shao, S., Mosher, DS., Spady, TC., Elkahloun, A., Cargill, M., Jones, PG., Maslen, CL., Acland, GM., Sutter, NB., Kuroki, K., Bustamante, CD., Wayne, RK., Ostrander, EA. :
An expressed fgf4 retrogene is associated with breed-defining chondrodysplasia in domestic dogs. Science 325:995-8, 2009. Pubmed reference: 19608863. DOI: 10.1126/science.1173275.
2008 Young, AE., Bannasch, DL. :
SNPS in the promoter regions of the canine RMRP and SHOX genes are not associated with canine chondrodysplasia. Anim Biotechnol 19:1-5, 2008. Pubmed reference: 18228171. DOI: 10.1080/10495390701638328.
1994 Bingel, S.A., Sande, R.D. :
Chondrodysplasia in five Great Pyrenees Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 205:845-848, 1994. Pubmed reference: 7829378.
1975 Braund, K.G., Ghosh, P., Taylor, T.K.F., Larsen, L.H. :
Morphological studies of the canine intervertebral disc: the assignment of the Beagle to the achondroplastic classification Research in Veterinary Science 19:167-172, 1975. Pubmed reference: 1166121.
1952 Hansen, H.J. :
A pathologic-anatomical study on disc degeneration in dog, with special reference to the so-called enchondrosis intervertebralis. Acta Orthop Scand Suppl 11:1-117, 1952. Pubmed reference: 14923291.
1951 Hansen, H.J. :
A pathologic-anatomical interpretation of disc degeneration in dogs. Acta Orthop Scand 20:280-93, 1951. Pubmed reference: 14894198.

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