OMIA:001927-8932 : Lace feathering in Columba livia (rock pigeon)

Categories: Integument (skin) phene

Links to MONDO diseases: No links.

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Mode of inheritance: Autosomal incomplete dominant

Considered a defect: no

Key variant known: no

Species-specific name: Also known as silky plumage

Species-specific description: As noted by Feng et al. (2014), this trait is very different from silky feathering in chickens (OMIA 000913-9031): "The structure of the silky plumage (also named lace-feathering locus) in domestic pigeons (e.g. Silky Fantail) and Ring-neck Doves is completely different with the silky-feather in chicken [Cole and Hollander (1939)]. The silky pigeons have hooklets on the barbules, and the hooklets are abnormally thickened [Miller, 1956]. Moreover, the barbules are weak and their elasticity is poor. The lace-feathering locus is controlled by an autosomal gene with incomplete dominance [Cole and Hollander (1939)], [Miller, 1956]."

Genetic engineering: Unknown
Have human generated variants been created, e.g. through genetic engineering and gene editing

Breed: Silky fantail (Pigeon) (VBO_0016852).
Breeds in which the phene has been documented. For breeds in which a likely causal variant has been documented, see the variant table below

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2020). OMIA:001927-8932: 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.

2014 Feng, C., Gao, Y., Dorshorst, B., Song, C., Gu, X., Li, Q., Li, J., Liu, T., Rubin, C.J., Zhao, Y., Wang, Y., Fei, J., Li, H., Chen, K., Qu, H., Shu, D., Ashwell, C., Da, Y., Andersson, L., Hu, X., Li, N. :
A cis-regulatory mutation of PDSS2 causes silky-feather in chickens. PLoS Genet 10:e1004576, 2014. Pubmed reference: 25166907. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004576.
1956 Miller, W.J. :
Silky plumage in the ring neck dove. Journal of Heredity 47:37–40, 1956.
1939 Cole, L.J. , Hollander, W.F. :
The inheritance of silky plumage in the domestic pigeon. Journal of Heredity 30:197–201, 1939.

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