Novel myosin heavy chain encoded by murine dilute coat colour locus

John A. Mercer, Peter K. Seperack, Marjorie C. Strobel, Neal G. Copeland, Nancy A. Jenkins

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HUNDREDS of murine dilute mutations have been identified and analysed, making dilute one of the best genetically characterized of all mammalian loci. The recessive dilute (d) coat colour muta-tion carried by many inbred strains of mice produces a lightening of coat colour, caused by an abnormal adendritic melanocyte morphology that results in an uneven release of pigment granules into the developing hair shaft1,2. Most dilute alleles (dilute-lethal) also produce a neurological defect, characterized by convulsions and opisthotonus, apparent at 8-10 days of age and continuing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)709-713
Number of pages5
Issue number6311
StatePublished - 1991

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