Candidate genes for plasma triglyceride, FFA, and glucose revealed from an intercross between inbred mouse strains NZB/B1NJ and NZW/LacJ

J Lipid Res. 2008 Jul;49(7):1500-10. doi: 10.1194/jlr.M800053-JLR200. Epub 2008 Mar 24.


To identify the genes controlling plasma concentrations of triglycerides (TGs), FFAs, and glucose, we carried out a quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis of the closely related mouse strains New Zealand Black (NZB/B1NJ) and New Zealand White (NZW/LacJ), which share 63% of their genomes. The NZB x NZW F(2) progeny were genotyped and phenotyped to detect QTL, and then comparative genomics, bioinformatics, and sequencing were used to narrow the QTL and reduce the number of candidate genes. Triglyceride concentrations were linked to loci on chromosomes (Chr) 4, 7, 8, 10, and 18. FFA concentrations were affected by a significant locus on Chr 4, a suggestive locus on Chr 16, and two interacting loci on Chr 2 and 15. Plasma glucose concentrations were affected by QTL on Chr 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 15, 17, and 18. Comparative genomics narrowed the QTL by 31% to 86%; haplotype analysis was usually able to further narrow it by 80%. We suggest several candidate genes: Gba2 on Chr 4, Irs2 on Chr 8, and Ppargc1b on Chr 18 for TG; A2bp1 on Chr 16 for FFA; and G6pc2 on Chr 2 and Timp3 on Chr 10 for glucose.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Chromosomes / genetics
  • Computational Biology
  • Fatty Acids / blood*
  • Female
  • Genome / genetics
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Quantitative Trait Loci / genetics
  • Triglycerides / blood*


  • Blood Glucose
  • Fatty Acids
  • Triglycerides