Cystinuria (SLC3A1) Australian Cattle Dog Type Overview
Cystinuria (SLC3A1) Australian Cattle Dog Type
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Category: Urinary system / Urologic - Associated with the kidneys, bladder, ureters and urethra
Gene: Solute carrier family 3 member 1 (SLC3A1) on chromosome 10
Variant Detected: Nucleotide Deletion c.1095-1100del p.366-367Thr deletion (inframe)
Severity: Scale 3 has a moderate degree of severity, as it is not a fatal disease, though it can decrease the quality of life.
Mode of Inheritance: Autosomal Recessive
Test Overview: Cystinuria was one of the first identified inborn defects of metabolism. It is an inherited defect of renal transport that included malabsorption of cystine and the dibasic amino acids ornithine, lysine and arginine, collectively known as COLA. In dogs it has been reported for the first time in 1823 and today it is known to affect more than 70 dog breeds. In the normally functioning kidney, amino acids and some other substances are filtered out of the blood, and then reclaimed from the urine. Malabsorption of COLA amino acids in the proximal renal tubules causes their high concentrations in the urine of the affected individual. Main problems are caused by low solubility of cystine in urine of acidic and neutral pH. High concentrations of cystine in urine and its low solubility leads to cystine crystals and bladder stones formation, known as uroliths. Uroliths in the urinary tract can result in stranguria, hematuria, urinary obstruction and renal failure with possible fatal outcome. Symptoms of disease include straining to urinate, frequent urination or inability to urinate. In Labrador retrievers both males and females are affected, but obstruction of urine flow is more common in males due to differences in anatomy and females tend to develop stones later than males. Dogs with cystinuria often have recurrent inflammation of the urinary tract and if not treated, urinary stones can cause urinary tract infections, kidney failure and even death.
Recommended Screening: Breeding animals should be screened prior to entering into breeding programs.
Research Citation(s): Brons AK, et al. SLC3A1 and SLC7A9 Mutations in Autosomal Recessive or Dominant Canine Cystinuria: A New Classification System. (2013) J vet intern med, 27(6);1400-1408
Associated Breed(s): Australian Cattle Dog, Mixed Breed, Koolie ,