Rapid gene mapping in Caenorhabditis elegans using a high density polymorphism map

Nat Genet. 2001 Jun;28(2):160-4. doi: 10.1038/88878.


Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are valuable genetic markers of human disease. They also comprise the highest potential density marker set available for mapping experimentally derived mutations in model organisms such as Caenorhabditis elegans. To facilitate the positional cloning of mutations we have identified polymorphisms in CB4856, an isolate from a Hawaiian island that shows a uniformly high density of polymorphisms compared with the reference Bristol N2 strain. Based on 5.4 Mbp of aligned sequences, we predicted 6,222 polymorphisms. Furthermore, 3,457 of these markers modify restriction enzyme recognition sites ('snip-SNPs') and are therefore easily detected as RFLPs. Of these, 493 were experimentally confirmed by restriction digest to produce a snip-SNP map of the worm genome. A mapping strategy using snip-SNPs and bulked segregant analysis (BSA) is outlined. CB4856 is crossed into a mutant strain, and exclusion of CB4856 alleles of a subset of snip-SNPs in mutant progeny is assessed with BSA. The proximity of a linked marker to the mutation is estimated by the relative proportion of each form of the biallelic marker in populations of wildtype and mutant genomes. The usefulness of this approach is illustrated by the rapid mapping of the dyf-5 gene.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / genetics*
  • Chromosome Mapping / methods*
  • Genetic Linkage
  • Helminth Proteins / genetics*
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*


  • Helminth Proteins