Identification of susceptibility gene(s) controlling autoantibody production in collagen induced arthritis

  • Ibrahim, Saleh (Principal Investigator (PI))
  • Yu, Xinhua (Associated Staff)

Project: DFG ProjectsDFG Individual Projects

Project Details


agen-induced arthritis (CIA) in the mouse is one of the most widely used autoimmune experimental models with many features similar to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Like RA, the susceptibility to CIA is controlled by many interacting genes. We and others estimate that more than 40 Quantitiave Trait Loci (QTL), control different aspects of CIA pathogenesis. In a recent study we conduced a genome scan in in (FVB/N and DBA/1J) F2 progeny to identify novel CIA-QTLs and identified Cia27, a novel QTL on chromosome 5, controlling IgG2a anti collagen II antibody and disease susceptibility. We subsequently refined this locus using an advanced intercross line down to a 4.1 Mb region, containing only 39 genes. In this proposal we aim to identify the susceptibility gene for Cia27. To achieve this goal, a series classical and novel gene-mapping strategies and functional assays will be performed. Furthermore, the disease pathway controlled by this novel susceptibility gene will be investigated.

Key findings

The primary aim of the project has been the identification of the gene underlying the Quantitative Trait Locus, QTL, Cia27. Cia27 was previously identified by our group as a locus controlling autoantibody production and onset of arthritis. In silico fine mapping, Gene expression studies, sequencing analysis and congenic mapping approaches were performed to fine map the QTL. Thrap2 was then identified as the candidate QT gene. Subsequently, functional analysis of Thrap2 indicated a potential role for the gene in controlling B cell survival, consequently controlling autoantibody production and autoimmunity.

Effective start/end date01.01.0931.12.13

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 204-05 Immunology
  • 205-18 Rheumatology

Funding Institution

  • DFG: German Research Association


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