OMIA:002368-9615 : Ichthyosis, ABHD5-related in Canis lupus familiaris (dog)

Categories: Integument (skin) phene

Links to possible relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) in OMIM: 604780 (gene) , 275630 (trait)

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Considered a defect: yes

Key variant known: yes

Year key variant first reported: 2022

Species-specific name: Golden Retriever ichthyosis type 2

Species-specific symbol: ICH2

Species-specific description: Kiener et al. (2022) "investigated 14 Golden Retrievers with scales that were not homozygous for the mutant PNPLA1 allele suggesting a genetically distinct new form of ichthyosis."

Mapping: Kiener et al. (2022): "Combined linkage and homozygosity mapping in 14 cases and 30 non-affected family members delimited a critical interval of ∼12.7 Mb on chromosome 23."

Molecular basis: Kiener et al. (2022): "Whole-genome sequencing of an affected dog revealed a single protein-changing variant within this region that was not present in 795 control genomes. The identified variant is a 14 bp deletion in the ABHD5 gene (c.1006_1019del), leading to a frameshift and altering the last 14 codons p.(Asp336Serfs*6). The genotypes at this variant showed perfect co-segregation with the ichthyosis phenotype in a large family comprising 14 cases and 72 controls."

Clinical features: Kiener et al. (2022) "affected dogs had large white to grey and powdery to adherent scale throughout the hair coat. The abdominal skin was mildly hyperpigmented. Thick white scale was adherent to the concave surface of the pinnae." According to anecdotal reports from breeders, the scaling in ICH2-affected Golden Retrievers may be more severe and adherent than in Golden Retrievers with the PNPLA1-related from of ichthyosis (Kiener et al. 2022).

Pathology: Kiener et al. (2022): "Histopathological examinations showed lamellar, orthokeratotic hyperkeratosis and mildly hyperplastic epidermis that led to the diagnosis of a non-epidermolytic ichthyosis." ... "Histologically, the epidermis in ICH2-affected dogs is thicker than in dogs with the PNPLA1-related ichthyosis and this may correspond with a more severe barrier defect. ICH2 cases tend to have more keratinocytes with perinuclear clear spaces than dogs with the PNPLA1-related ichthyosis."

Breed: Golden Retriever (Dog) (VBO_0200610).
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
ABHD5 abhydrolase domain containing 5 Canis lupus familiaris 23 NC_051827.1 (2871778..2837297) ABHD5 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
1388 Golden Retriever (Dog) Ichthyosis, ABHD5-related ABHD5 ICH2 deletion, small (<=20) Naturally occurring variant CanFam3.1 23 g.2587000_2587013del c.1006_1019del p.(D336Sfs*6) XM_542689.5; XP_542689.2 2022 34791225

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2022). OMIA:002368-9615: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) [dataset].


2022 Kiener, S., Wiener, D.J., Hopke, K., Diesel, A.B., Jagannathan, V., Mauldin, E.A., Casal, M.L., Leeb, T. :
ABHD5 frameshift deletion in Golden Retrievers with ichthyosis. G3 (Bethesda) 12:jkab397, 2022. Pubmed reference: 34791225. DOI: 10.1093/g3journal/jkab397.

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