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The Briard dog: a new animal model of congenital stationary night blindness.
  1. K Narfström,
  2. A Wrigstad and
  3. S E Nilsson
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, University of Linköping, Sweden.


    Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB), apparently inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, was observed in a litter of Briard dogs in Sweden. Of nine litter mates five had nyctalopia. The results of different clinical tests, including electroretinography (ERG), were compared with the results found in four human cases of CSNB, three of which were most probably associated with autosomal recessive inheritance and one with X-linked inheritance. The congenital and stationary nature of the disease, ophthalmoscopically normal appearing fundi, and recordable but reduced photopic flicker responses were some of the similarities found between canine and human cases. The single-flash ERG response was abnormal in the humans as well as in the affected Briards. However, the human cases showed a "negative' ERG, whereas in the Briards both the a and b waves were extremely reduced and present only at a photopic level. Cases similar to these Briards have been described also in man, where rhodopsin concentration and regeneration were found to be normal, suggesting a disturbed transduction mechanism. It thus appears that the Briard dog may become a valuable model of human CSNB.

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