Project C: Systems Genetics of Metabolism

Ron Korstanje (Jackson)


The mouse has been used as a model for many metabolic traits. Hundreds of quantitative trait loci (QTL) studies have been published. However, most of these studies measure single traits, even though clear correlations and interactions exist for multiple traits. In addition, these studies usually do not look at epigenetic or environmental effects. In a systems genetics approach to metabolic traits, with an emphasis on HDL cholesterol levels, we are combining metabolic profiling, sequencing of RNA transcripts (RNAseq), whole-genome methylation mapping, and the mapping power of intercrossed recombinant inbred (RIX) Collaborative Cross (CC) mice to map metabolic syndrome related traits, liver (allele-specific) transcripts and splice variants and their interactions, on both a standard chow diet and a vitamin D enriched diet.

Center related publications

Pla2g12b and Hpn Are Genes Identified by Mouse ENU Mutagenesis That Affect HDL Cholesterol
Aljakna A, Choi S, Savage H, Hageman Blair R, Gu T, Svenson KL, Churchill GA, Hibbs M, Korstanje R.
PLoS One. 2012;7(8):e43139. PMCID: PMC3422231 [ Full Text ]

Uncovering Genes and Regulatory Pathways Related to Urinary Albumin Excretion
Hageman RS, Leduc MS, Caputo CR, Tsaih SW, Churchill GA, Korstanje R.
J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011 Jan;22(1):73-81. PMCID: PMC3014036 [ Full Text ] [ datasets 1 ] [ datasets 2 ]

Genome-Wide Association Mapping of Quantitative Traits in Outbred Mice
Zhang W, Korstanje R, Thaisz J, Staedtler F, Harttman N, Xu L, Feng M, Yanas L, Yang H, Valdar W, Churchill GA, DiPetrillo K.
G3 (Bethesda). 2012 Feb;2(2):167-74. PMCID: PMC3284324 [ Full Text ] [ datasets ]



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