Quantitative trait loci that determine plasma lipids and obesity in C57BL/6J and 129S1/SvImJ inbred mice

Naoki Ishimori, Renhua Li, Peter M. Kelmenson, Ron Korstanje, Kenneth A. Walsh, Gary A. Churchill, Kristina Forsman-Semb, Beverly Paigen*

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The plasma lipid concentrations and obesity of C57BL/6J (B6) and 129S1/SvImJ (129) inbred mouse strains fed a high-fat diet containing 15% dairy fat, 1% cholesterol, and 0.5% cholic acid differ markedly. To identify the loci controlling these traits, we conducted a quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis of 294 (B6 × 129) F2 females fed a high-fat diet for 14 weeks. Non-HDL cholesterol concentrations were affected by five significant loci: Nhdlq1 [chromosome 8, peak centimorgan (cM) 38, logarithm of odds [LOD] 4.4); Nhdlq4 (chromosome 10, cM 70, LOD 4.0); Nhdlq5 (chromosome 6, cM 0) interacting with Nhdlq4; Nhdlq6 (chromosome 7, cM 10) interacting with Nhdlq1; and Nhdlq7 (chromosome 15, cM 0) interacting with Nhdlq4. Triglyceride (TG) concentrations were affected by three significant loci: Tgq1 (chromosome 18, cM 42, LOD 3.2) and Tgq2 (chromosome 9, cM 66) interacting with Tgq3 (chromosome 4, cM 58). Obesity measured by percentage of body fat mass and body mass index was affected by two significant loci: Obq16 (chromosome 8, cM 48, LOD 10.0) interacting with Obq18 (chromosome 9, cM 65).U Knowing the genes for these QTL will enhance our understanding of obesity and lipid metabolism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1624-1632
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Lipid Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Body fat mass
  • Body mass index
  • High-fat diet
  • Non-high density lipoprotein cholesterol
  • Quantitative trait loci,
  • Triglyceride


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