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Publication : Nature communications

Novel gene function revealed by mouse mutagenesis screens for models of age-related disease

Scientific Fields
Diseases
Organisms
Applications
Technique

Published in Nature communications - 18 Aug 2016

Potter PK, Bowl MR, Jeyarajan P, Wisby L, Blease A, Goldsworthy ME, Simon MM, Greenaway S, Michel V, Barnard A, Aguilar C, Agnew T, Banks G, Blake A, Chessum L, Dorning J, Falcone S, Goosey L, Harris S, Haynes A, Heise I, Hillier R, Hough T, Hoslin A, Hutchison M, King R, Kumar S, Lad HV, Law G, MacLaren RE, Morse S, Nicol T, Parker A, Pickford K, Sethi S, Starbuck B, Stelma F, Cheeseman M, Cross SH, Foster RG, Jackson IJ, Peirson SN, Thakker RV, Vincent T, Scudamore C, Wells S, El-Amraoui A, Petit C, Acevedo-Arozena A, Nolan PM, Cox R, Mallon AM, Brown SD

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 27534441

Nat Commun 2016 Aug;7:12444

Determining the genetic bases of age-related disease remains a major challenge requiring a spectrum of approaches from human and clinical genetics to the utilization of model organism studies. Here we report a large-scale genetic screen in mice employing a phenotype-driven discovery platform to identify mutations resulting in age-related disease, both late-onset and progressive. We have utilized N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea mutagenesis to generate pedigrees of mutagenized mice that were subject to recurrent screens for mutant phenotypes as the mice aged. In total, we identify 105 distinct mutant lines from 157 pedigrees analysed, out of which 27 are late-onset phenotypes across a range of physiological systems. Using whole-genome sequencing we uncover the underlying genes for 44 of these mutant phenotypes, including 12 late-onset phenotypes. These genes reveal a number of novel pathways involved with age-related disease. We illustrate our findings by the recovery and characterization of a novel mouse model of age-related hearing loss.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27534441