Mapping of chromosomal regions influencing immunological responses to gastrointestinal nematode infections in mice

David M. Menge, Jerzy M. Behnke*, Anna Lowe, John P. Gibson, Fuad A. Iraqi, R. Leyden Baker, Derek Wakelin

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Abstract

This paper reports the results of a genome-wide search for quantitative trait loci (QTL) influencing immunological responses to infection with the gastro-intestinal nematodeparasite Heligmosomoides polygyrus in an F 2 population created by crossing the resistant SWR and the susceptible CBA inbred mouse strains. Following infections, intestinal granuloma score at post mortem, mucosal mast cell protease 1, and IgE and IgG1 titres were recorded. The susceptible CBA mice had significantly higher IgG1, but significantly lower IgE, mucosal mast cell protease 1 and granuloma scores than SWR mice. Significant QTL were mapped to chromosomes 4, 11, 13 and 17 for granuloma score; chromosomes 12 and 17 for IgE; chromosome 10, 17 and 18 for IgG1 and chromosomes 1, 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18 for mucosal mast cell protease 1. Chromosomes 10, 11, 17 and 18 had QTL affecting more than one trait, and these are most likely to represent single QTL with multiple effects rather than multiple QTL. Some of these QTL map to regions known to harbour genes responsible for the induction of immunological responses to intestinal worms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-349
Number of pages9
JournalParasite Immunology
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Heligmosomoides polygyrus
  • Immunological responses
  • Mice
  • Quantitative trait loci

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