Locating Ath8, a locus for murine atherosclerosis susceptibility and testing several of its candidate genes in mice and humans

Atherosclerosis. 2004 Dec;177(2):443-50. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2004.08.006.


A previous study revealed that the difference in susceptibility to atherosclerotic lesions between inbred mouse strains SM/J and NZB/BlNJ was determined by one major locus (Ath8). In this study a (SM/J x NZB/BlNJ) F(1) x SM/J backcross localized Ath8 by quantitative trait locus mapping to chromosome 4 with a suggestive LOD score of 2.7. This quantitative trait locus (QTL) was confirmed using an (SM/J x NZB/BlNJ) intercross; Ath8 mapped to a 23cM region with a significant LOD score of 3.6. The genes for toll-like receptor 4 (T1r4), arachidonic acid epoxygenase (Cyp2j5), and angiopoietin-like protein 3 (Angptl3) map to this region. These candidate genes were analyzed for expression and sequence differences in the mouse and for associations with cardiovascular traits in human. Sequence analysis of Angptl3 shows a base pair substitution in SM, the susceptible strain, giving rise to an amino acid change in the fibrinogen homology domain of the protein. We found a significant association between ANGPTL3 and atherosclerotic lesions (P < 0.05) in human. These results suggest that Angptl3 is involved in atherosclerosis susceptibility in both mouse and human.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arteriosclerosis / genetics*
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Mammalian
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease*
  • Humans
  • Lod Score
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Quantitative Trait Loci*