Volume 11 Supplement 4
High-throughput sequencing of the DBA/2J mouse genome
© Williams et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
Published: 23 July 2010
The DBA/2J mouse is not only the oldest inbred strain, but also one of the most widely used strains. DBA/2J exhibits many unique anatomical, physiological, and behavior traits. In addition, DBA/2J is one parent of the large BXD family of recombinant inbred strains . The genome of the other parent of this BXD family—C57BL/6J—has been sequenced and serves as the mouse reference genome . We sequenced the genome of DBA/2J using SOLiD and Illumina high throughput short read protocols to generate a comprehensive set of ~5 million sequence variants segregating in the BXD family that ultimately cause developmental, anatomical, functional and behavioral differences among these 80+ strains.
Our study generates the first consensus sequence for the DBA/2J and creates a compendium of sequence and structural variations that will be used by the community of researchers who study complex traits in mouse models. The sequence data provide a novel resource with which to initiate reverse genetic analysis of complex traits, particularly by exploiting strong alleles (premature stop codons, frame-shift mutations, and deletion) that differentially affect members of the BXD strain family. The DBA/2J genome is also an essential prerequisite to unbiased alignment of RNA-seq and ChIP-seq data generated using BXD strains and any other cross involving these two common parental strains.
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