Fine mapping of collagen-induced arthritis quantitative trait loci in an advanced intercross line

Xinhua Yu, Kristin Bauer, Patrik Wernhoff, Dirk Koczan, Steffen Möller, Hans Jürgen Thiesen, Saleh M. Ibrahim*

*Korrespondierende/r Autor/-in für diese Arbeit
23 Zitate (Scopus)


The generation of advanced intercross lines (AIL) is a powerful approach for high-resolution fine mapping of quantitative trait loci (QTLs), because they accumulate much more recombination events compared with conventional F 2 intercross and N2 backcross. However, the application of this approach is severely hampered by the requirements of excessive resources to maintain such crosses, i.e., in terms of animal care, space, and time. Therefore, in this study, we produced an AIL to fine map collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) QTLs using comparatively limited resources. We used only 308 (DBA/1 × FVB/N)F11/12 AIL mice to refine QTLs controlling the severity and onset of arthritis as well as the Ab response and T cell subset in CIA, namely Cia2, Cia27, and Trmq3. These QTLs were originaly identified in (DBA/1 × FVB/N)F2 progeny. The confidence intervals of the three QTLs were refined from 40, 43, and 48 Mb to 12, 4.1, and 12 Mb, respectively. The data were complemented by the use of another QTL fine-mapping approach, haplotype analysis, to further refine Cia2 into a 2-Mb genomic region. To aid in the search for candidate genes for the QTLs, genome-wide expression profiling was performed to identify strain-specific differentially expressed genes within the confidence intervals. Of the 1396 strain-specific diferentially expressed genes, 3, 3, and 12 genes were within the support intervals of the Cia2, Cia27, and Trmq3, respectively. In addition, this study revealed that Cia27 and Trmq3 controlling anti-C11 IgG2a Ab and CD4:CD8 T cell ratio, respectively, also regulated CIA clinical phenotypes.

ZeitschriftJournal of Immunology
Seiten (von - bis)7042-7049
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 15.11.2006

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  • Forschungsschwerpunkt: Infektion und Entzündung - Zentrum für Infektions- und Entzündungsforschung Lübeck (ZIEL)


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