02673-MOU: Searching for the Cause for Alopecia X by Whole Genome Sequencing

Grant Status: Closed

Grant Amount: $10,000
Gary S. Johnson, DVM, PhD; University of Missouri, Columbia
October 1, 2019 - March 31, 2023

Sponsor(s): American Pomeranian Club, Inc.

Breed(s): Pomeranian
Research Program Area: Dermatology and Allergic Disease
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This study will use whole genome sequencing to identify a molecular genetic cause for a hair cycle deficiency known as Alopecia X.  While the focus on the research is on the disease in Pomeranians, the results will be pertinent to other affected breeds including Alaskan Malamutes, Chow Chows, Keeshonds, Samoyeds, Schipperkes, and Siberian Husky dogs. If successful, the proposed research may lead to the creation of a DNA test that will enable dog breeders to selectively reduce risk for Alopecia X in their dogs.

Funding for the research is provided through the collaborative efforts and generosity of the American Pomeranian Club, Inc. The AKC Canine Health Foundation supports the funding of this effort and will oversee grant administration and scientific progress.

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