Faculty Research 1980 - 1989


Genetic analysis of strains C57BL/6J and BALB/cJ for Ath-1, a gene determining atherosclerosis susceptibility in mice.

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Animal, Arteriosclerosis: ge, Atherosclerosis: bl, ge, Disease-Susceptibility, Female, Genes, Lipoproteins-HDL-Cholesterol: bl, ge, Male, Mice, Mice-Inbred-A: ge, Mice-Inbred-BALB-C: ge, Mice-Inbred-C3H: ge, Mice-Inbred-C57BL: ge, Phenotype, Sex-Factors, SUPPORT-NON-U-S-GOVT, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S

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Biochem Genet 1987 Dec; 25(11-12):881-92.


HL32087, RR05467


We previously reported that mice have at least one major gene determining atherosclerosis susceptibility, Ath-1. Susceptible alleles of Ath-1 are found in strain C57BL/6J and are associated with relatively low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) when these mice are fed an atherogenic diet. Resistant alleles of Ath-1 are found in strains C3H/HeJ and BALB/cJ and are associated with relatively high levels of HDL-C. Data reported earlier from the set of seven recombinant inbred (RI) strains, derived from C57BL/6By and BALB/cBy, showed that these parental strains differed at Ath-1. However, due to the limited number of RI strains, it was not possible to determine with certainty whether Ath-1 was the only major gene determining atherosclerosis susceptibility in these two strains or to determine its map position accurately. In this report, examination of F1, F2, and backcross progeny from a cross between C57BL/6J and BALB/cJ demonstrates that Ath-1 is the major gene determining atherosclerotic lesion formation and HDL-C levels in female mice. The data from male animals suggest that environmental factors or modifying genes also influence male HDL-C levels and thus partly obscure the Ath-1 phenotype. HDL-C levels in F1 progeny resemble the BALB/c parent. The data from the cross provide confirmatory evidence that Ath-1 is linked to Alp-2 on chromosome 1 with a map distance of 4.8 +/- 2.3 (SE). Combining these data with a previous cross between strain C57BL/6 and strain C3H/HeJ gives a map distance between Ath-1 and Alp-2 of 4.9 +/- 1.8 based on 7 crossovers found among 144 tested chromosomes.

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