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An integrated radiation hybrid map of bovine chromosome 18 that refines a critical region associated with multiple ocular defects in cattle

Abbasi, A.R., Geriletoya,, Ihara, N., Khalaj, M., Sugimoto, Y., Kunieda, T.
Animal genetics 2006 v.37 no.1 pp. 58-61
beef cattle, Wagyu, eye diseases, cattle diseases, congenital abnormalities, recessive genes, inheritance (genetics), loci, linkage (genetics), physical chromosome mapping, microsatellite repeats, genetic markers, genes
Congenital multiple ocular defects (MOD) of Japanese black cattle is a hereditary ocular disorder with an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance showing developmental defects of the lens, retina and iris, persistent embryonic eye vascularization and microphthalmia. The MOD locus has been mapped by linkage analysis to a 6.6-cM interval on the proximal end of bovine chromosome 18, which corresponds to human chromosome 16q and mouse chromosome 8. To refine the MOD region in cattle, we constructed an integrated radiation hybrid (RH) map of the proximal region of bovine chromosome 18, which consisted of 17 genes and 10 microsatellite markers, using the SUNbRH₇₀₀₀ panel. Strong conservation of gene order was found among the corresponding chromosomal regions in cattle, human and mouse. The MOD-critical region was fine mapped to a 59.5-cR region that corresponds to a 6.3-Mb segment of human chromosome 16 and a 4.8-Mb segment of mouse chromosome 8. Several positional candidate genes, including FOXC2 and USP10, were identified in this region.