OMIA:002718-9913 : Epidermolysis bullosa, junctional, ITGA6-related in Bos taurus (taurine cattle)

Categories: Integument (skin) phene

Links to possible relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) in OMIM: 619817 (trait) , 147556 (gene)

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Mode of inheritance: Autosomal recessive

Considered a defect: yes

Key variant known: yes

Year key variant first reported: 2023

Molecular basis: Boussaha et al. (2023): "Homozygosity mapping followed by analysis of the whole-genome sequences of two [affected Charolais] cases and 5031 control individuals enabled us to prioritize a splice donor site of ITGA6 (c.2160 + 1G > T; Chr2 g.24112740C > A) as the most compelling candidate variant. ... RT-PCR analyses revealed increased retention of introns 14 and 15 of the ITGA6 gene in a heterozygous mutant cow compared with a matched control. The mutant mRNA is predicted to cause a frameshift (ITGA6 p.I657Mfs1) that affects the assembly of the integrin α6β4 dimer and its correct anchoring to the cell membrane."

Clinical features: Boussaha et al. (2023) reported skin fragility in three Charolais calves. Clinical signs were milder compared to another form of epidermolysis bullosa in Charolais cattle (see: OMIA:001948-9913 : Epidermolysis bullosa, junctionalis, ITGB4-related in Bos taurus).

Breed: Charolais (Cattle) (VBO_0000177).
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
ITGA6 integrin subunit alpha 6 Bos taurus 2 NC_037329.1 (24179353..24091592) ITGA6 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.

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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
1577 Charolais (Cattle) Epidermolysis bullosa, junctional, ITGA6-related ITGA6 splicing Naturally occurring variant ARS-UCD1.2 2 g.24112740C>A c.2160+1G>T p.(I657Mfs) NM_001109981.1 2023 37308849

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2023). OMIA:002718-9913: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) [dataset].


2023 Boussaha, M., Boulling, A., Wolgust, V., Bourgeois-Brunel, L., Michot, P., Grohs, C., Gaiani, N., Grivaud, P.Y., Leclerc, H., Danchin-Burge, C., Vilotte, M., Rivière, J., Boichard, D., Gourreau, J.M., Capitan, A. :
Integrin alpha 6 homozygous splice-site mutation causes a new form of junctional epidermolysis bullosa in Charolais cattle. Genet Sel Evol 55:40, 2023. Pubmed reference: 37308849. DOI: 10.1186/s12711-023-00814-1.

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