OMIA:000374-8932 : Feather colour, extended black in Columba livia (rock pigeon)

In other species: Mallard , Coscoroba swan , black swan , helmeted guineafowl , chicken , king penguin , Arctic skua , pomarine skua , brown booby , red-footed booby , zebra finch , Lesser snow goose , Bananaquit , gyrfalcon , ruff , Chestnut-bellied monarch , Eleonora's falcon

Categories: Pigmentation phene

Links to possible relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) in OMIM: 266300 (trait) , 155555 (gene)

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Considered a defect: no

Key variant known: yes

Markers: Ran et al. (2016) reported "three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) [in MC1R] were detected, including G199A, G225A, and A466G, which subsequently determined four haplotypes (H1-H4). Among them, H1 is the predominant haplotype. Association analysis revealed that H1 and H3 were significantly associated with the black plumage trait (P < 0.05), while the H4 was significantly associated with gray plumage trait (P < 0.05). Furthermore, only diplotype H1H1 was significantly associated with black and gray traits of pigeons." None of these associations appears to be sufficient to justify concluding that any of these polymorphisms is a likely causal variant.

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2020). OMIA:000374-8932: 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.

2016 Ran, J.S., You, X.Y., Jin, J., Zhou, Y.G., Wang, Y., Lan, D., Ren, P., Liu, Y.P. :
The Relationship between <i>MC1R</i> Mutation and Plumage Color Variation in Pigeons. Biomed Res Int 2016:3059756, 2016. Pubmed reference: 27957493. DOI: 10.1155/2016/3059756.
2013 Derelle, R., Kondrashov, F.A., Arkhipov, V.Y., Corbel, H., Frantz, A., Gasparini, J., Jacquin, L., Jacob, G., Thibault, S., Baudry, E. :
Color differences among feral pigeons (Columba livia) are not attributable to sequence variation in the coding region of the melanocortin-1 receptor gene (MC1R). BMC Res Notes 6:310, 2013. Pubmed reference: 23915680. DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-6-310.
Guernsey, M.W., Ritscher, L., Miller, M.A., Smith, D.A., Schöneberg, T., Shapiro, M.D. :
A Val85Met mutation in melanocortin-1 receptor is associated with reductions in eumelanic pigmentation and cell surface expression in domestic rock pigeons (Columba livia). PLoS One 8:e74475, 2013. Pubmed reference: 23977400. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074475.

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