OMIA:002176-9940 : Meckel-like hepatorenal fibrocystic dysplasia syndrome in Ovis aries (sheep)

Categories: Renal / urinary system phene

Links to possible relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) in OMIM: 607361 (trait) , 609884 (gene) , 610688 (trait) , 613550 (trait) , 216360 (trait)

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Mode of inheritance: Autosomal recessive

Considered a defect: yes

Key variant known: yes

Year key variant first reported: 2017

Molecular basis: Stayner et al. (2017) reported two almost adjacent missense mutations (p.Ile681Asn and p.Ile687Ser) in complete linkage disequilibrium (and which can, therefore, be regarded as a single variant) within the TMEM67 gene as being likely causal of this disorder in two flocks (one Perendale and one Coopworth) located 500 kms apart and with no history of interbreeding within the last 40 years.

Clinical features: Stayner et al. (2017): "The kidney and liver abnormalities in the affected lambs were similar to those observed in the Meckel/Joubert/Nephronophthisis constellation of abnormalities in humans."

Pathology: Stayner et al. (2017): "Meckelin protein was expressed in affected and unaffected kidney epithelial cells by immunoblotting, and in primary cilia of lamb kidney cyst epithelial cells by immunofluorescence. In contrast to primary cilia of relatively consistent length and morphology in unaffected kidney cells, those of affected cyst-lining cells displayed a range of short and extremely long cilia, as well as abnormal morphologies, such as bulbous regions along the axoneme. Putative cilia fragments were also consistently located within the cyst luminal contents. The abnormal ciliary phenotype was further confirmed in cultured interstitial fibroblasts from affected kidneys. These primary cilia dysmorphologies and length control defects were significantly greater in affected cells compared to unaffected controls."

Breeds: Coopworth (Sheep) (VBO_0001380), Perendale (Sheep) (VBO_0001550).
Breeds in which the phene has been documented. (If a likely causal variant has been documented for the phene, see the variant table breeds in which the variant has been reported).

Associated gene:

Symbol Description Species Chr Location OMIA gene details page Other Links
TMEM67 transmembrane protein 67 Ovis aries 9 NC_056062.1 (83421974..83377516) TMEM67 Homologene, Ensembl , NCBI gene


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WARNING! Inclusion of a variant in this table does not automatically mean that it should be used for DNA testing. Anyone contemplating the use of any of these variants for DNA testing should examine critically the relevant evidence (especially in breeds other than the breed in which the variant was first described). If it is decided to proceed, the location and orientation of the variant sequence should be checked very carefully.

Since October 2021, OMIA includes a semiautomated lift-over pipeline to facilitate updates of genomic positions to a recent reference genome position. These changes to genomic positions are not always reflected in the ‘acknowledgements’ or ‘verbal description’ fields in this table.

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
1042 Coopworth (Sheep) Perendale (Sheep) Meckel-like hepatorenal fibrocystic dysplasia syndrome TMEM67 haplotype Naturally occurring variant Oar_rambouillet_v1.0 9 g.[91651651A>C;91651669A>T] c.[2042T>A;2060T>G] p.[(I681N);(I687S)] Published as c.[2050T>A; 2068T>G]; protein and cDNA positions in the table are based on XP_012039520.2 and XM_012184130.2, respectively. rs1086155906; rs1088172192 2017 28487520 The genomic location on Oar_rambouillet_v1.0 was determined by Katie Eager, EMAI, NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2020). OMIA:002176-9940: 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.

2017 Stayner, C., Poole, C.A., McGlashan, S.R., Pilanthananond, M., Brauning, R., Markie, D., Lett, B., Slobbe, L., Chae, A., Johnstone, A.C., Jensen, C.G., McEwan, J.C., Dittmer, K., Parker, K., Wiles, A., Blackburne, W., Leichter, A., Leask, M., Pinnapureddy, A., Jennings, M., Horsfield, J.A., Walker, R.J., Eccles, M.R. :
An ovine hepatorenal fibrocystic model of a Meckel-like syndrome associated with dysmorphic primary cilia and TMEM67 mutations. Sci Rep 7:1601, 2017. Pubmed reference: 28487520. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-01519-4.
2005 Johnstone, AC., Davidson, BI., Roe, AR., Eccles, MR., Jolly, RD. :
Congenital polycystic kidney disease in lambs. N Z Vet J 53:307-14, 2005. Pubmed reference: 16220122. DOI: 10.1080/00480169.2005.36565.

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