OMIA:001249-452646 : Coat colour, brown, TYRP1-related in Neovison vison (American mink)

In other species: Rhesus monkey , dog , American black bear , domestic cat , horse , pig , taurine cattle , goat , sheep , rabbit , golden hamster , North American deer mouse , Mongolian gerbil

Categories: Pigmentation phene

Links to possible relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) in OMIM: 612271 (trait) , 203290 (trait) , 115501 (gene)

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Mode of inheritance: Autosomal recessive

Considered a defect: no

Key variant known: yes

Year key variant first reported: 2016

Species-specific description: The following summary has been provide by Cirera et al. (2016): "In American mink (Neovison vison), a total of 12 phenotypes display a brown appearance in a wide range (Nes et al., 1988). . . . The various brown coat colours in American mink have a brownish appearance that can vary within the phenotype but also during the animal life. However, for commercial purposes the colours are recorded at the pelting time, which is when the fur colour has reached its “maturity”. One important colour in the brown spectrum of mink is American Palomino (AP) . . . symbolized as kk in the Scandinavian nomenclature and b^p b^p in the American nomenclature (Nes et al. 1988). The AP mutant appeared first in a farm in Canada in the middle of the twentieth century (King 1951). The coat colour appears as a clear pale tan, and on a prime pelt it easily turns slightly red while the eyes are pink or red (Nes et al. 1988).

Inheritance: "All brown phenotypes are inherited as a simple recessive trait, thus only homozygous individuals display the phenotype." (Cirera et al., 2016)

Mapping: Based on mink sequence homology to human and dog (Graphodatsky et al. 2000; Hameister et al. 1997), the gene and sequences were located by Cirera et al. (2016) to mink chromosome 2, close to the centromere.

Molecular basis: Sequencing of the positional/functional candidate gene TRYP1 revealed the likely causal variant of the Palomino coat colour to be an insert of approximately 8kb at the beginning of intron 2, which is likely to disrupt slicing (Cicera et al., 2016)

Associated gene:

Symbol Description Species Chr Location OMIA gene details page Other Links
TYRP1 Neovison vison 9 NC_058099.1 (55317254..55299506) TYRP1 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
1255 American Palomino coat colour TYRP1 b^p insertion, gross (>20) Naturally occurring variant "a large insertion of approximately eight kb. The insertion most likely disrupts different elements necessary for the splicing of intron 2 of the TYRP1 gene" (Cicera et al., 2016) 2016 26886941

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2020). OMIA:001249-452646: 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 Cirera, S., Markakis, M.N., Kristiansen, T., Vissenberg, K., Fredholm, M., Christensen, K., Anistoroaei, R. :
A large insertion in intron 2 of the TYRP1 gene associated with American Palomino phenotype in American mink. Mamm Genome 27:135-43, 2016. Pubmed reference: 26886941. DOI: 10.1007/s00335-016-9620-4.
2000 Graphodatsky, A.S., Yang, F., Serdukova, N., Perelman, P., Zhdanova, N.S., Ferguson-Smith, M.A. :
Dog chromosome-specific paints reveal evolutionary inter- and intrachromosomal rearrangements in the American mink and human. Cytogenet Cell Genet 90:275-8, 2000. Pubmed reference: 11124533. DOI: 56788.
1997 Hameister, H., Klett, C., Bruch, J., Dixkens, C., Vogel, W., Christensen, K. :
Zoo-FISH analysis: the American mink (Mustela vison) closely resembles the cat karyotype. Chromosome Res 5:5-11, 1997. Pubmed reference: 9088638. DOI: 10.1023/a:1018433200553.
1988 Nes, N.N., Einarsson, E.J., Lohi, O. :
Beautiful fur animals—and their colour genetics Scientifur, Hilleroed , 1988.
1951 King, R.C. :
Genetics of mink International Publishers Co, Duluth , 1951.

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