Belt coat color pattern

Completed research project

Contact: Prof. Tosso Leeb

The belt is known to occur in Brown Swiss, Belted Galloway and Lakenvelder cattle ("Dutch Belted"). This particular pattern is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. We identified a non-coding structural variant in the promoter of the TWIST2 gene as causative varint for the absence of pigment producing cells in the unpigmented skin.