Atopic dermatitis in dogs linked to certain parts of the genome


Using new gene mapping methods, researchers have found connections between atopic dermatitis (eczema) in dogs and several regions of the genome. Some of the genes identified coincide with genes linked to similar problems in humans. The filaggrin gene region, for example, which is regarded as the most powerful risk factor for atopic eczema in humans, has now also been linked to this disease in Labrador retrievers.

The findings are reported in a new study produced by the dog genetics group at Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, which has been conducting research in this field for more than ten years in cooperation with colleagues in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Last modified: 2023-02-15