Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 2341029
Genetics 1990 May;125(1):175-82
A number of alleles at coat color loci of the house mouse give rise to areas of wild-type pigmentation on the coats of otherwise mutant animals. Such unstable alleles include both recessive and dominant mutations. Among the latter are several alleles at the W locus. In this report, phenotypic reversions of the Wei allele at the W locus were studied Mice heterozygous in repulsion for both Wei and buff (bf) [i.e. Wei+/+bf] were examined for the occurrence of phenotypic reversion events. Buff (bf) is a recessive mutation, which lies 21 cM from W on the telomeric side of chromosome 5 and is responsible for the khaki colored coat of nonagouti buff homozygotes (a/a; bf/bf). Two kinds of fully pigmented reversion spots were recovered on the coats of a/a; Wei+/+bf mice: either solid black or khaki colored. Furthermore phenotypic reversions of Wei/+ were enhanced significantly following X-irradiation of 9.25-day-old Wei/+ embryos (P less than 0.04). These observations are consistent with the suggestion of a role for mitotic recombination in the origin of these phenotypic reversions. In addition these results rise the intriguing possibility that some W mutations may enhance mitotic recombination in the house mouse.