OMIA:000201-9858 : Coat colour, agouti in Capreolus capreolus (Western roe deer)

In other species: Tasmanian devil , gray wolf , coyote , dog , red fox , domestic cat , leopard , ass (donkey) , horse , pig , Arabian camel , llama , 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 , Asiatic golden cat , 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: 2020

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".

Inheritance: Reissmann et al. (2020): "Generally, all black specimens (n = 33) were homozygous TT, whereas chestnut individuals were either homozygote GG (n = 436) or heterozygote GT (n = 26)."

Molecular basis: Targeted sequencing of the candidate gene ASIP in 24 European roe deer from North-West Germany led to Reissmann et al. (2020) to discover a likely causal variant c.33G>T, p.(Leu11Phe).

Associated gene:

Symbol Description Species Chr Location OMIA gene details page Other Links
ASIP Capreolus capreolus - 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
1219 Melanistic (black) ASIP missense Naturally occurring variant c.33G>T p.(L11F) 2020 32545389

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2020). OMIA:000201-9858: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) [dataset].


2020 Reissmann, M., Lutz, W., Lieckfeldt, D., Sandoval-Castellanos, E., Ludwig, A. :
An Agouti-Signaling-Protein Mutation is Strongly Associated with Melanism in European Roe Deer (<i>Capreolus capreolus</i>). Genes (Basel) 11:647, 2020. Pubmed reference: 32545389. DOI: 10.3390/genes11060647.

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  • Created by Frank Nicholas on 19 Jun 2020
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