OMIA:000499-9544 : Hypercholesterolaemia in Macaca mulatta (Rhesus monkey)

In other species: crab-eating macaque , dog , pig , rabbit , golden hamster

Categories: Homeostasis / metabolism phene

Links to possible relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) in OMIM: 143890 (trait) , 606945 (gene)

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Mode of inheritance: Autosomal dominant

Considered a defect: yes

Key variant known: yes

Year key variant first reported: 1990

Cross-species summary: Hypercholesterolemia; see also OMIA:001160: Hyperlipidaemia

Molecular basis: Hummel et al. (1990) "identified a family of rhesus monkeys with members exhibiting a spontaneous hypercholesterolemia associated with a low density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) deficiency. By using the polymerase chain reaction, we now show that the affected monkeys are heterozygous for a nonsense mutation in exon 6 of the LDLR gene. This mutation changes the sequence of the codon for amino acid 284 (tryptophan) from TGG to TAG, thereby generating a nonsense codon potentially resulting in a truncated 283-amino acid protein, ... . Quantitative analyses of RNA obtained from liver biopsies [of affected monkeys] show that the abundance of the LDLR RNA is also reduced by about 50%." Takenaka et al. (2023): "A rhesus macaque with the fourth highest plasma cholesterol of 501 breeding macaques was identified 22 years ago. Seven offspring with gene mutations causing hypercholesterolemia were obtained. ... Oligogenic mutations of p. (Cys82Tyr) in LDLR and p. (Val241Ile) in MBTPS2 (S2P) caused hypercholesterolemia exceeding cardiovascular risk levels under a 0.1% CH diet. ... [The authors] identified seven and one rhesus macaques with heterozygous and homozygous p. (Cys82Tyr) mutations in LDLR, respectively. The activity of LDLR was 72% in the heterozygotes and 42% in the homozygote. Of these macaques, two animals were also hemizygous for the p. (Val241Ile) mutation in MBTPS2 [rs30530257]. The mRNA expression level of LDLR was reduced to 80% by this hemizygous mutation."

Associated genes:

Symbol Description Species Chr Location OMIA gene details page Other Links
LDLR low density lipoprotein receptor Macaca mulatta 19 NC_041772.1 (10851254..10893727) LDLR Homologene, Ensembl , NCBI gene
MBTPS2 membrane bound transcription factor peptidase, site 2 Macaca mulatta X NC_041774.1 (21612978..21658872) MBTPS2 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
1556 Hypercholesterolaemia LDLR nonsense (stop-gain) Naturally occurring variant 19 p.(W284*) G>A in exon 6 in position 914 of the human cDNA resulting in p.(W284*) 1990 2326270
1557 Hypercholesterolaemia LDLR missense Naturally occurring variant 19 c.245G>A p.(C82Y) 2023 37186395

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2023). OMIA:000499-9544: 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.

2023 Takenaka, A., Suzuki, J., Tanaka, H., Hibino, K., Kamanaka, Y., Nakamura, S., Mitsunaga, F., Kawamoto, Y., Morimoto, M., Aisu, S., Natsume, T. :
Hypercholesterolemia induced by spontaneous oligogenic mutations in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). J Med Primatol , 2023. Pubmed reference: 37186395. DOI: 10.1111/jmp.12642.
2000 Takenaka, A., Matsumoto, Y., Nagaya, A., Watanabe, K., Goto, S., Suryobroto, B., Takenaka, O. :
Plasma cholesterol levels in free-ranging macaques compared with captive macaques and humans. Primates 41:299-309, 2000. Pubmed reference: 30545181. DOI: 10.1007/BF02557599.
1990 Hummel, M., Li, Z.G., Pfaffinger, D., Neven, L., Scanu, A.M. :
Familial hypercholesterolemia in a rhesus monkey pedigree: molecular basis of low density lipoprotein receptor deficiency. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 87:3122-6, 1990. Pubmed reference: 2326270. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.87.8.3122.
1988 Scanu, A.M., Khalil, A., Neven, L., Tidore, M., Dawson, G., Pfaffinger, D., Jackson, E., Carey, K.D., McGill, H.C., Fless, G.M. :
Genetically determined hypercholesterolemia in a rhesus monkey family due to a deficiency of the LDL receptor. J Lipid Res 29:1671-81, 1988. Pubmed reference: 3244017.

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