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5 Panel: PSSM1, GBED, HERDA, HYPP and MH

140,00 

→ Combo-Package testing PSSM1, GBED, HERDA, HYPP and MH for Quarter Horses an related breeds.


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PSSM1

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Typ 1

General Information:

  • Degenerative muscle disease that manifests itself in a disorder of the sugar metabolism of the muscles.
  • Symptoms usually occur during/shortly after physical exercise.
  • Excessive activity of the enzyme glycogen synthetase 1 → Abnormal accumulation of glycogen granules in muscle cells.

Symptoms:

  • Reluctant to move
  • Atactic gait/coordination problems
  • Muscle tremors
  • Frequent tying up/tension
  • Excessive sweating
  • Gait changes (cross firing or disunited canter/bunny hopping/rope walking

Inheritance: incomplete autosomal dominant/semidominant
→ Horses with one or two copies of the variant (n/P1 or P1/P1) are affected. Incomplete or semidominant means that animals with one copy (n/P1) may show milder symptoms and a later age of onset than animals with two copies (P1/P1).

Possible genotypes:

Genotype: The horse is: Effects:
n/n normal. The horse does not have any copy of P1 and therefore cannot pass it on to any offspring.
n/P1 affected (heterozygous). The horse has one copy of P1 and will pass it on to approximately 50% of its offspring. These 50% are at risk of developing PSSM1.
P1/P1 affected (homozygous). The horse has two copies of P1 and will pass it on to 100% of its offspring. All offspring will be at risk of developing PSSM1.

Recommendations:

  • Affected horses (n/P1 or P1/P1) should only be bred after careful consideration and with the advise of a genetic expert and veterinarian. Please contact us for consultation and support.

Test information: This Panel test identifies a mutation in the GYS1 gene.
This test is performed by partner laboratory.

GBED

Glycogen Storage Disease IV

General Information:

  • Foals may die shortly after birth due to organ failure (liver or heart).
  • Glucose cannot be stored as Glycogen → lack of nourishment in muscles and organs.
  • Affected foals usually die within the first 8 weeks.

Symptoms:

  • Spontaneous abortions
  • Weakness
  • Low body temperature
  • Accelerated breathing
  • Tremors

Inheritance: autosomal recessive

→ Only animals with two copies of the genetic variant (gbed/gbed) are affected. Animals with only one copy (N/gbed) are clinically normal carriers.

Possible Genotypes:

Genotype The horse is:
Effects:
N/N normal. The horse has no copies of the genetic variant causative for GBED/GSD IV and therefore cannot pass it on to its offspring.
N/gbed a carrier. The horse is clinically healthy. The genetic variant causative for GBED/GSD IV will be passed on to its offspring with a probability of 50%.
gbed/gbed affected. The horse is affected and will not live long enough to reproduce.

 

Recommendations:

  • Carriers may be bred to normal animals (N/gbed x N/N) without any risk of producing affected offspring. The offspring should also be tested before breeding to determine if they are carriers or normal.
  • Breeding two carriers (N/gbed x N/gbed) is not recommended due to the possibility of 25% of the offspring being affected.

Testinformation: This test detects a single basepair change in exon 1 of the GBE1 gene.

Ward TL, Valberg SJ, Adelson DL, Abbey CA, Binns MM, and Mickelson JR. (2004). Glycogen branching enzyme (GBE1) mutation causing equine glycogen storage disease IV. Mamm Genome 15, 570-577.

Further information is available at Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals.

HERDA

Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia

General Information:

  • First symptoms may be seen at the age of 1,5 years.
  • Areas under pressure (saddle, etc.) are particularly affected, and the skin traumas heal very slowly.
  • Affected horses are usually euthanized due to poor quality of life.
  • Defect in the connective tissue results in skin splitting, tearing and separating from underlying layers.

Symptoms:

  • Loose sloughing skin
  • Lesions and ulcerations/cysts especially in dorsal area
  • Slow healing
  • Hyperelastic skin

Inheritance: autosomal recessive

→ Only animals with two copies of the genetic variant (herda/herda) are affected. Animals with only one copie (N/herda) are clinically normal carriers.

Possible Genotypes:

Genotype The horse is:
Effects:
N/N normal. The horse has not copies of the genetic variant causative for HERDA and therefore cannot pass it on to its offspring.
N/herda a carrier. The horse is clinically normal. The genetic variant causative for HERDA will be passed on to its offspring with a probability of 50%.
herda/herda affected. If the horse lives long enough to reproduce, the genetic variant causative for HERDA will be passed on to all offspring. All offspring will be clinically normal carriers (N/herda).

 

Recommendations:

  • Carriers may be bred to normal animals (N/herda x N/N) without any risk of producing affected offspring. The offspring should also be tested before breeding to determine if they are carriers or normal.
  • Breeding two carriers (N/herda x N/herda) is not recommended due to the possibility of 25% of the offspring being affected.
  • Affected animals (herda/herda) should not be used for breeding.

Testinformation: This test detects a single basepair change in exon 1 of the Peptidylprolyl Isomerase B (PPIB) (or Cyclophilin B) gene.

Tryon RC, White SD, Bannasch DL. Homozygosity mapping approach identifies a missense mutation in equine cyclophilin B (PPIB) associated with HERDA in the American Quarter Horse. Genomics. 2007 Jul;90(1):93-102. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygeno.2007.03.009.

Further information is available at Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals.

HYPP

Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis

General Information:

  • Varies in severity.
  • May be life-threatening when heart or lungs are affected by paralysis.
  • Symptoms may occur more frequently after changes in diet, stress or transportation.
  • Improper signalling between brain and muscles/organs.
  • Symptoms may be reduced with potassium-deficient diet (avoid Lucerne/Alfalfa in hay)
  • Can be traced back to the sire “Impressive”.

Symptoms:

  • General weakness
  • Periodic tremors and paralysis
  • Respiratory noise
  • Heavily muscled

Inheritance: autosomal dominant

→ Horses with one or two copies of the variant (n/HYPP or HYPP/HYPP) are affected.

Possible Genotypes:

Genotype The horse is:
Effects:
n/n normal. The horse has no copies of the genetic variant causitive for HYPP and therefore cannot pass it on to its offspring
n/HYPP affected (heterozygous). The horse is affected. The genetic variant will be passed on to its offspring with a probability of 50%. These foals will be affected.
HYPP/HYPP affected (homozygous). The variant will be passed on to all of its offspring. All offspring will also be affected.

 

Recommendations:

  • Affected animals (n/HYPP or HYPP/HYPP) should not be used for breeding.

Testinformation: This test detects the change in the SCN4A gene.

Rudolph, J. A., Spier, S. J., Byrns, G., Rojas, C. V., Bernoco, D., & Hoffman, E. P. (1992). Periodic paralysis in quarter horses: a sodium channel mutation disseminated by selective breeding. Nature Genetics, 2(2), 144-147. doi: 10.1038/ng1092-144.

Further information is available at Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals.

MH

Malignant Hyperthermia

General Information:

  • MH causes skeletal muscles to degenerate, which is associated with low blood pH (acidemia).
  • MH may worsen symptoms of PSSM (Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy).
  • In 34% of cases, MH results in death of the affected horse. Therefore, horses should be tested, especially prior to surgery or medical treatment.
  • Symptoms are not only triggered by anesthetics but also by stress and/or exercise.

Symptoms caused by halogenated anesthetics or stress:

  • Hyperthermia (fever)
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Respiratory distress
  • Excessive sweating
  • Increased hematocrit
  • Increased heart rate

Inheritance: autosomal dominant

→ Horses with one or two copies of the variant (MH/n or MH/MH) are affected.

Possible Genotypes:

Genotype The horse is:
Effects:
n/n normal. The horse has no copies of the genetic variant causative for MH and therefore cannot pass it on to its offspring.
MH/n affected (heterozygous). The genetic variant will be passed on to the offspring with a probability of 50%. These 50% will be affected (heterozygous).
MH/MH affected (homozygous). The genetic variant will be passed on to all offspring. All offspring will be affected (heterozygous).

 

Recommendations:

  • Affected horses (MH/n or MH/MH) should not be used for breeding.

Test information: This test detects a single basepair change in exon 46 of the RYR1 gene.

Aleman, M., Riehl, J., Aldridge, BM., LeCouteur, RA., Stott, JL., Pessah, IN.: Association of a mutation in the ryanodine receptor 1 gene with equine malignant hyperthermia. Muscle Nerve 30:356-65, 2004. Pubmed reference: 15318347. Doi: 10.1002/mus.20084.

Aleman, M., Nieto, JE., Magdesian, KG.: Malignant hyperthermia associated with ryanodine receptor 1 (C7360G) mutation in Quarter Horses. J Vet Intern Med 23:329-34, 2009. Pubmed reference: 19220734. Doi: 10.1111/j.1939-1676.2009.0274.x.

McCue, ME., Valberg, SJ., Jackson, M., Borgia, L., Lucio, M., Mickelson, JR.: Polysaccharide storage myopathy phenotype in quarter horse-related breeds is modified by the presence of an RYR1 mutation. Neuromuscul Disord 19:37-43, 2009. Pubmed reference: 19056269. Doi: 10.1016/j.nmd.2008.10.001

Further information is available at Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals.

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