OMIA:000368-8839 : Feather colour, generic in Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)

In other species: birds , ducks , domestic goose , swan goose , Muscovy duck , mute swan , rock pigeon , guineafowls , chicken , Indian peafowl , Ring-necked pheasant , turkey , common canary , Great Tit , emperor penguin , carrion crow , Eurasian bullfinch , white wagtail , common cuckoo , barn owl , Japanese quail , tawny owl , red-backed fairy wren , hooded crow , white-winged fairy-wren , yellow-fronted tinkerbird , superb starling , golden-collared manakin , South polar skua , White-collared manakin , red-fronted tinkerbird

Categories: Pigmentation phene

Mendelian trait/disorder: unknown

Considered a defect: no

Mapping: Ma et al. (2021) investigated sexual dichromatism in ducks: "transcriptome analysis revealed that some essential melanin biosynthesis genes were highly expressed in feather follicles during the development of green feathers, contributing to melanin deposition. We further identified 18 candidate differentially expressed genes, which may affect the sharp color differences between the males' head feathers, back feathers, and the females' head feathers. TYR and TYRP1 genes are associated with melanin biosynthesis directly. Their expressions in the males' head feather follicles were significantly higher than those in the back feather follicles and females' head feather follicles." Guo et al. (2022) " identified candidate genes strongly associated with plumage color in ducks. MITF and EDNRB2 were significantly associated with white and black plumage. In addition, POU4F3 and MC2R may synergistically regulate melanin deposition, which affects feather color." Sun et al. (2023): "A comprehensive GWAS identified 19 promising candidate genes and two possible candidate regions for the primary feather color trait in Longyan Shan-ma ducks. Five trait-associated genes related to the development of feather bulbs and feather pigmentation were identified (STARD9, SLC7A5, BANP, LOC101798015, and IPMK)."

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2023). OMIA:000368-8839: 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.

2024 Wang, Z., Guo, Z., Mou, Q., Liu, H., Liu, D., Tang, H., Hou, S., Schroyen, M., Zhou, Z. :
Unique feather color characteristics and transcriptome analysis of hair follicles in Liancheng White ducks. Poult Sci 103:S0032-5791(24)00373-0:103794, 2024. Pubmed reference: 38718539. DOI: 10.1016/j.psj.2024.103794.
2023 Sun, Y., Wu, Q., Lin, R., Chen, H., Zhang, M., Jiang, B., Wang, Y., Xue, P., Gan, Q., Shen, Y., Chen, F., Liu, J., Zhou, C., Lan, S., Pan, H., Deng, F., Yue, W., Lu, L., Jiang, X., Li, Y. :
Genome-wide association study for the primary feather color trait in a native Chinese duck. Front Genet 14:1065033, 2023. Pubmed reference: 36936414. DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2023.1065033.
Wang, J., Jiang, S., Xi, Y., Qi, J., Ma, S., Li, L., Wang, J., Bai, L., He, H., Xu, H., Liu, H. :
Integration of GWAS and eGWAS to screen candidate genes underlying green head traits in male ducks. Anim Genet 54:500-509, 2023. Pubmed reference: 37194451. DOI: 10.1111/age.13329.
Zhang, X., Zhu, T., Wang, L., Lv, X., Yang, W., Qu, C., Li, H., Wang, H., Ning, Z., Qu, L. :
Genome-wide association study reveals the genetic basis of duck plumage colors. Genes (Basel) 14:856, 2023. Pubmed reference: 37107611. DOI: 10.3390/genes14040856.
2022 Guo, Q., Jiang, Y., Wang, Z., Bi, Y., Chen, G., Bai, H., Chang, G. :
Genome-wide analysis identifies candidate genes encoding feather color in ducks. Genes (Basel) 13:1249, 2022. Pubmed reference: 35886032. DOI: 10.3390/genes13071249.
2021 Ma, S., Liu, H., Wang, J., Wang, L., Xi, Y., Liu, Y., Xu, Q., Hu, J., Han, C., Bai, L., Li, L., Wang, J. :
Transcriptome analysis reveals genes associated with sexual dichromatism of head feather color in mallard. Front Genet 12:627974, 2021. Pubmed reference: 34956302. DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2021.627974.

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  • Created by Imke Tammen2 on 11 Jan 2022
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