There are errors in the identification of an allele, PAX3C70Y, arising by a de novo mutation event in a Quarter Horse mare born in 1987. The authors discovered a sample mix-up concerning the erroneously claimed Quarter Horse founder mare, labeled QH095 and genotyped PAX3+/+. Through analysis of an independent sample of QH095, the authors identified the genotype PAX3C70Y/+ in the new sample. Therefore, QH095 is not the founder animal for the PAX3C70Y allele.
Amendments to Results and Discussion Sections
In the ‘Splashed white in a Quarter Horse family’ subsection of the Results, the fifth and sixth sentences of the third paragraph are incorrect: “All these horses traced back to a female Quarter Horse born in 1987, whose genomic DNA from a hair-root sample tested homozygous wild-type. Thus, the mutation most likely arose in the germline of this animal.” Following reanalysis, the true genotype of this Quarter horse is PAX3C70Y/+.
The fourth sentence of the fourth paragraph within the Discussion is also incorrect: “The PAX3C70Y allele is only 24 years old and occurs exclusively in Quarter and Paint Horses.” Due to the sample mix-up, the authors can no longer date the mutation event.
Amendments to S1 Fig Legend
Parts of the fifth and sixth sentences of the legend are incorrect: “The PAX3C70Y allele most likely arose de novo in the germline of the splashed white mare QH095. A hair sample of QH095 tested homozygous wildtype, whereas her two splashed white sons QH096 and QH140 both carry this allele.” Following reanalysis, the true genotype of this Quarter horse is PAX3C70Y/+ and the claim of a de novo mutation event is incorrect. The authors provide a corrected version below.
S1 Fig. Pedigree of a Quarter Horse family segregating for the splashed white phenotype.
Horses with the splashed white phenotype are drawn as solid symbols. The 31 horses that were typed on the equine SNP chip are marked with asterisks. Sample numbers are shown next to horses, from which DNA samples were available. The genotypes of the MITFprom1 and PAX3C70Y variants are indicated. The PAX3C70Y allele most likely arose in an ancestor of the splashed white mare QH095. All tested non-splashed white horses of this family were homozygous wildtype for both the MITFprom1 and the PAX3C70Y variant. All but two of the tested splashed white horses in this pedigree carried the MITFprom1 and/or the PAX3C70Y variant. The remaining two splashed white horses, in which we could not identify a causative mutation, are QH082 and his mother QH084 in the lower left corner of this pedigree.
- 1. Hauswirth R, Haase B, Blatter M, Brooks SA, Burger D, Drögemüller C, et al. (2012) Mutations in MITF and PAX3 Cause “Splashed White” and Other White Spotting Phenotypes in Horses. PLoS Genet 8(4): e1002653. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1002653 pmid:22511888
Citation: Hauswirth R, Haase B, Blatter M, Brooks SA, Burger D, Drögemüller C, et al. (2019) Correction: Mutations in MITF and PAX3 Cause “Splashed White” and Other White Spotting Phenotypes in Horses. PLoS Genet 15(8): e1008321. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1008321
Published: August 2, 2019
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