ABHD5 frameshift deletion in Golden Retrievers with ichthyosis. Academic Article uri icon


  • Ichthyoses are hereditary skin disorders characterized by the formation of scales and defects in the outermost layer of the epidermis. In dogs, at least six different breed-specific ichthyoses including a relatively common PNPLA1-related autosomal recessive ichthyosis in Golden Retrievers are known. In this study, we investigated 14 Golden Retrievers with scales that were not homozygous for the mutant PNPLA1 allele suggesting a genetically distinct new form of ichthyosis. Histopathological examinations showed lamellar, orthokeratotic hyperkeratosis, and mildly hyperplastic epidermis that led to the diagnosis of a nonepidermolytic ichthyosis. Combined linkage and homozygosity mapping in 14 cases and 30 nonaffected family members delimited a critical interval of 12.7Mb on chromosome 23. 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 14bp 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 cosegregation with the ichthyosis phenotype in a large family comprising 14 cases and 72 controls. ABHD5 encodes an acyltransferase required for lipid metabolism. In humans, variants in ABHD5 cause Chanarin-Dorfman syndrome, a neutral lipid storage disease with ichthyosis. Our data in dogs together with the knowledge on the effects of ABHD5 variants in humans strongly suggest ABHD5:c.1006_1019del as candidate causative genetic variant for a new canine form of ichthyosis, which we propose to designate as Golden Retriever ichthyosis type 2 (ICH2).

published proceedings

  • G3 (Bethesda)

author list (cited authors)

  • Kiener, S., Wiener, D. J., Hopke, K., Diesel, A. B., Jagannathan, V., Mauldin, E. A., Casal, M. L., & Leeb, T.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Kiener, Sarah||Wiener, Dominique J||Hopke, Kaitlin||Diesel, Alison B||Jagannathan, Vidhya||Mauldin, Elizabeth A||Casal, Margret L||Leeb, Tosso

editor list (cited editors)

  • Bannasch, D.

publication date

  • February 2022