OMIA:001249-9643 : Coat colour, brown, TYRP1-related in Ursus americanus (American black bear)

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

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

Considered a defect: no

Key variant known: yes

Year key variant first reported: 2023

Species-specific description: Puckett et al. (2023): "The American black bear, Ursus americanus (U. americanus), exhibits a range of colors including the cinnamon morph, which has a similar color to the brown bear, U. arctos, and is found at high frequency in the American southwest. ... Our analyses indicate that the cinnamon TYRP1 variant arose within the western lineage of U. americanus and likely provided a selective advantage in the southwest."

Mapping: Puckett et al. (2023): "A genome-wide association study ... for quantitative hair reflectance values from 151 bears identified 120 single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) above a significance threshold of 10−8 ... . A single peak had the lowest p values and spanned the pigmentation gene TYRP1 ... ."

Molecular basis: Puckett et al. (2023) "identified a significant (p = 1.99 × 10−13) G to A SNV, HiC_scaffold_24:6724152g>a that predicts a missense alteration, p.Arg153Cys ... . This alteration within the luminal domain of TYRP1, a type I transmembrane protein, is within a critical region near the zinc cofactor binding site and thus is likely deleterious ... ."

Associated gene:

Symbol Description Species Chr Location OMIA gene details page Other Links
TYRP1 Ursus americanus NW_025578481.1 (30501445..30484072) 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
1518 Cinnamon coat colour TYRP1 missense Naturally occurring variant HiC_scaffold_24 g.6724152G>A p.(R153C) 2023 36528024

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2023). OMIA:001249-9643: 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 Caro, T. :
Bear essentials. Trends Genet 39:233-234, 2023. Pubmed reference: 36828727. DOI: 10.1016/j.tig.2023.02.011.
Puckett, E.E., Davis, I.S., Harper, D.C., Wakamatsu, K., Battu, G., Belant, J.L., Beyer, D.E., Carpenter, C., Crupi, A.P., Davidson, M., DePerno, C.S., Forman, N., Fowler, N.L., Garshelis, D.L., Gould, N., Gunther, K., Haroldson, M., Ito, S., Kocka, D., Lackey, C., Leahy, R., Lee-Roney, C., Lewis, T., Lutto, A., McGowan, K., Olfenbuttel, C., Orlando, M., Platt, A., Pollard, M.D., Ramaker, M., Reich, H., Sajecki, J.L., Sell, S.K., Strules, J., Thompson, S., van Manen, F., Whitman, C., Williamson, R., Winslow, F., Kaelin, C.B., Marks, M.S., Barsh, G.S. :
Genetic architecture and evolution of color variation in American black bears. Curr Biol 33:86-97.e10, 2023. Pubmed reference: 36528024. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.11.042.

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