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Physiol Genomics. 2012 Sep 1;44(17):843-52. doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00025.2012. Epub 2012 Jul 17.

Genetic control of high density lipoprotein-cholesterol in AcB/BcA recombinant congenic strains of mice.

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Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Epidemiological studies show that high HDL-cholesterol (HDLc) decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. To map genes controlling lipid metabolism, particularly HDLc levels, we screened the plasma lipids of 36 AcB/BcA RC mouse strains subjected to either a normal or a high-fat/cholesterol diet. Strains BcA68 and AcB65 showed deviant HDLc plasma levels compared with the parental A/J and C57BL/6J strains; they were thus selected to generate informative F2 crosses. Linkage analyses in the AcB65 strain identified a locus on chromosome 4 (Hdlq78) responsible for high post-high fat diet HDLc levels. This locus has been previously associated at genome-wide significance to two regions in the human genome. A second linkage analysis in strain BcA68 identified linkage in the vicinity of a gene cluster known to control HDLc levels. Sequence analysis of these candidates identified a de novo, loss-of-function mutation in the ApoA1 gene of BcA68 that prematurely truncates the ApoA1 protein. The possibility of dissecting the specific effects of this new ApoA1 deficiency in the context of isogenic controls makes the BcA68 mouse a valuable new tool.

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