A homozygous ADAMTS2 nonsense mutation in a Doberman Pinscher dog with Ehlers Danlos syndrome and extreme skin fragility
An eight-week old Doberman Pinscher was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos syndrome based on the dog's hyper-mobile carpal, tarsal and stifle joints and abnormal skin. The skin was loose and hyper-elastic with several wounds and large atrophic scars. The dog was euthanized after a severe degloving injury from minimal trauma. A whole-genome sequence, generated with DNA from the dog's blood, contained a rare, homozygous C-to-T transition at position 2408978 on chromosome 11. This transition is predicted to alter the ADAMTS2 transcript (ADAMTS2:c.769C>T) and encode a nonsense mutation (p.Arg257Ter). Biallelic ADAMTS2 mutations have caused a type of Ehlers Danlos syndrome known as dermatosparaxis in other species.
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