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Partial Deletion of the Sulfate Transporter SLC13A1 Is Associated with an Osteochondrodysplasia in the Miniature Poodle Breed

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DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051917
  • Research Article
  • Biology
  • Anatomy And Physiology
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Bone
  • Cartilage
  • Genetics
  • Heredity
  • Genotypes
  • Linkage (Genetics)
  • Phenotypes
  • Animal Genetics
  • Cytogenetics
  • Genetic Mutation
  • Genetics Of Disease
  • Genome-Wide Association Studies
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Population Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Genome Analysis Tools
  • Genome Scans
  • Physiogenomics
  • Model Organisms
  • Animal Models
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Signal Transduction
  • Signaling In Cellular Processes
  • Extracellular Matrix
  • Medicine
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Veterinary Science
  • Veterinary Anatomy And Physiology
  • Veterinary Diseases
  • Biology


A crippling dwarfism was first described in the Miniature Poodle in Great Britain in 1956. Here, we resolve the genetic basis of this recessively inherited disorder. A case-control analysis (8∶8) of genotype data from 173 k SNPs revealed a single associated locus on CFA14 (Praw <10–8). All affected dogs were homozygous for an ancestral haplotype consistent with a founder effect and an identical-by-descent mutation. Systematic failure of nine, nearly contiguous SNPs, was observed solely in affected dogs, suggesting a deletion was the causal mutation. A 130-kb deletion was confirmed both by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis and by cloning the physical breakpoints. The mutation was perfectly associated in all cases and obligate heterozygotes. The deletion ablated all but the first exon of SLC13A1, a sodium/sulfate symporter responsible for regulating serum levels of inorganic sulfate. Our results corroborate earlier findings from an Slc13a1 mouse knockout, which resulted in hyposulfatemia and syndromic defects. Interestingly, the metabolic disorder in Miniature Poodles appears to share more clinical signs with a spectrum of human disorders caused by SLC26A2 than with the mouse Slc13a1 model. SLC26A2 is the primary sodium-independent sulfate transporter in cartilage and bone and is important for the sulfation of proteoglycans such as aggregan. We propose that disruption of SLC13A1 in the dog similarly causes undersulfation of proteoglycans in the extracellular matrix (ECM), which impacts the conversion of cartilage to bone. A co-dominant DNA test of the deletion was developed to enable breeders to avoid producing affected dogs and to selectively eliminate the mutation from the gene pool.

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