Defining the regions of homology between human chromosome 16p12-13 and mouse chromosomes

Zuoming Deng, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston


In this study, the evolutionary relationship between human chromosome 16p12-p13 and mouse chromosomes was investigated by determining the order of marker loci in the region and then identifying the chromosomal locations of the homologous loci in mice. Eighteen genes from human 16 were mapped to fifteen subchromosomal regions by a variety of mapping approaches. Thirteen of the genes were mapped in the mouse. Linkage analysis with backcross mice and segregation analysis in a mouse - Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) somatic cell hybrid panel informative for different regions of mouse genome were used. The results assigned the thirteen genes to three different mouse chromosomes. A group of six genes on mouse 16 was found to be closely linked to Scid. The order of Myh11 and Mrp remains ambiguous since no recombination was detected in backcross analysis. Their relative position in human is also uncertain since they were shown to be very close to each other. For the other mouse loci, an unambiguous gene order could be determined and was found to be identical to that in human. Therefore, they comprise a new conserved linkage group between the two species. The orientation of the group was inverted relative to the centromeres, i.e. the proximal loci in one species become distal in another. The size of the group was estimated to be from 4.4 to 8 Mb and 10 to 32 cM in human. In mouse, it was about 21 cM in the backcross analysis. The two boundaries of the conserved linkage were defined within a 1 Mb range. It is now possible to predict the locations of mouse homologs for some human disease genes based on their locations on human 16p. The six human 16p genes that map to MMU7 showed a different gene order in mouse than in human. No recombination was found between Crym and Umod while Crym was distal to D16S79A and proximal to D16S92. The location of Stp and Cdr2 with respect to the above four loci was not determined since they were not mapped in the same set of backcross mice. These genes greatly expanded an existing conserved synteny group between the human 16p12-p13 region and the MMU7. It now consists of eleven loci that span a region of probably more than 10 Mb in human. The gene order derived from this study provided further evidence for chromosomal rearrangements within the conserved synteny. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

Subject Area

Genetics|Molecular biology

Recommended Citation

Deng, Zuoming, "Defining the regions of homology between human chromosome 16p12-13 and mouse chromosomes" (1995). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI9610011.