The extreme high-body-weight-selected mouse line DU6i is a polygenic model for growth research, harboring many small-effect QTL. We dissected the genome of this line into 19 autosomes and the Y chromosome by the construction of a new panel of chromosome substitution strains (CSS). The DU6i chromosomes were transferred to a DBA/2 mice genetic background by marker-assisted recurrent backcrossing. Mitochondria and the X chromosome were of DBA/2 origin in the backcross. During the construction of these novel strains, >4000 animals were generated, phenotyped, and genotyped. Using these data, we studied the genetic control of variation in body weight and weight gain at 21, 42, and 63 days. The unique data set facilitated the analysis of chromosomal interaction with sex and parent-of-origin effects. All analyzed chromosomes affected body weight and weight gain either directly or in interaction with sex or parent of origin. The effects were age specific, with some chromosomes showing opposite effects at different stages of development. Copyright

dx.doi.org/10.1534/genetics.104.040196, hdl.handle.net/1765/64007
Genetics (Print): a periodical record of investigations bearing on heredity and variation
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Bevova, M.R, Aulchenko, Y.S, Aksu, G, Renne, U, & Brockmann, K. (2006). Chromosome-wise dissection of the genome of the extremely big mouse line DU6i. Genetics (Print): a periodical record of investigations bearing on heredity and variation, 172(1), 401–410. doi:10.1534/genetics.104.040196