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Induction of recessive lethal mutations in the T/tH-2 region of the mouse genome by a point mutagen1

  • Alexandra Shedlovsky (a1), Jean-Louis Guenet (a2), Lawrence L. Johnson (a1) and William F. Dove (a1)

Summary

The T/tH-2 region on mouse chromosome 17 is known from complex natural variants (‘t-haplotypes’) to contain numerous genes, including some affecting the immune system and the development of the embryo. Rapid progress in the isolation of recombinant DNA clones for this 50 megabasepair region is generating the material for its complete molecular anatomy. A crucial step in revealing the biological functions controlled by the region is to obtain mutants in which genes are inactivated individually. We have used a pair of inbred mouse strains and a series of classical breeding schemes that permit the detection of recessive lethal and detrimental mutations in the T/tH-2 region.

In this initial phase of our study, 280 gametes mutagenized in the male germ line by ethylnitrosourea (ENU) have yielded eleven independent pre-natal recessive lethal mutations. Four have been mapped against T mutations and have been shown to complement one another in all pairwise combinations.

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