Plasma non-HDL and HDL cholesterol levels are predictors of cardiovascular diseases. We carried out a genetic cross between two laboratory inbred mouse strains, C57BL/6J and CASA/Rk, to detect loci that control the plasma levels of non-HDL and HDL cholesterol. With regard to non-HDL cholesterol, chow-fed CASA/Rk males and females had 87% and 25% higher levels, respectively, than did C57BL/6Js. The levels of non-HDL cholesterol in F1s were similar to C57BL/6J. There was no strain difference in HDL cholesterol levels. An intercross between F1s was performed, and plasma non-HDL and HDL cholesterol was measured in 185 male and 184 female mice. In both male and female F2 mice, plasma non-HDL and HDL cholesterol levels were unimodally distributed; however, in both cases the values for females were significantly lower than for males. Therefore, linkage analysis was performed with sex as a covariate. Significant linkage for non-HDL cholesterol was found on chromosome 6 at 49 cM (LOD 5.17), chromosome 4 at 55 cM (LOD 4.22), and chromosome 8 at 7 cM (LOD 3.68). Significant linkage for HDL cholesterol was found on chromosome 9 at 14 cM (LOD 7.52) and chromosome 8 at 76 cM (LOD 4.69). A significant epistatic interaction involving loci on chromosomes 2 and 5 was also observed for non-HDL cholesterol. In summary, linkage analysis in these cross-identified novel loci confirmed previously identified loci in control of plasma non-HDL and HDL cholesterol and disclosed a novel interaction in controlling non-HDL cholesterol levels in the mouse.-Sehayek, E., E. M. Duncan, H.J. Yu, L. Petukhova, and J. L. Breslow. Loci controlling plasma non-HDL and HDL cholesterol levels in a C57BL/6J × CASA/Rk intercross.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Lipid Research|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2003|
- Cardiovascular disease
- Logarithm of odds
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology