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Genes Brain Behav. 2008 Oct;7(7):761-9.

Identification of quantitative trait loci for locomotor activation and anxiety using closely related inbred strains.

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Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, Department of Genetics, San Diego, CA, USA.


We carried out a quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping experiment in two phenotypically similar inbred mouse strains, C57BL/6J and C58/J, using the open-field assay, a well-established model of anxiety-related behavior in rodents. This intercross was initially carried out as a control cross for an ethylnitrosurea mutagenesis mapping study. Surprisingly, although open-field behavior is similar in the two strains, we identified significant QTL in their F2 progeny. Marker regression identified a locus on Chr 8 having associations with multiple open-field measures and a significant interaction between loci on Chr 13 and 17. Together, the Chr 8 locus and the interaction effect form the core set of QTL controlling these behaviors with additional loci on Chr 1 and 6 present in a subset of the behaviors.

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