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Genome Res. 2001 Dec;11(12):2027-33.

Identification of wound healing/regeneration quantitative trait loci (QTL) at multiple time points that explain seventy percent of variance in (MRL/MpJ and SJL/J) mice F2 population.

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  • 1Molecular Genetics Division, Musculoskeletal Disease Center, J.L. Pettis Veterans Administration Medical Center and Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California 92357, USA.


Studies on genetic mechanisms of wound healing in mammals are very few, although injury is a leading cause of the global burden of disease. In this study, we performed a high-density, genome-wide scan using 633 (MRL/MPJ x SJL/J) F(2) intercross at multiple time points (days 15, 21, and 25) to identify quantitative trait loci (QTL) involved in wound healing/regeneration. The hypothesis of the study was that QTL and unique epistatic interactions are involved at each time point to promote wound healing/regeneration. Ten QTL were identified from chromosomes 1, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 13. Of the 10 QTL, eight from chromosomes 1, 4, 6, and 9 were novel as compared to QTL identified in the study. The 10 QTL altogether explained 70% of variance in F(2) mice. The same QTL were identified at each time point, with simple linear correlation between days 15, 21, and 25, showing very high significant relationships (R >0.92, P <0.0001). Unique epistatic interactions were identified at each time point except those from chromosomes 4, 6, 9, and 13 that were found at all three time points, showing that some loci are involved at all the three time points of wound healing (days 15, 21, and 25). Therefore, loci-to-loci interactions may play a major role in wound healing. Information from these studies may help in the identification of genes that could be involved in wound healing/regeneration.

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