We identified the rat homolog to the human Wilson disease (WD) gene as the gene responsible for hepatitis (hts) in the Long Evans Cinnamon (LEC) rat. A genetic study using fifty-three backcross progenies showed that the rat WD gene detected by Southern blotting using the human WD gene as a probe was tightly linked to the hts phenotype of the LEC rat with no recombination. LEC is a transcriptionally deficient mutant because no transcript of the rat WD gene could be found in the LEC rat by Northern blotting. This rat WD gene was mapped to 16q12.23-12.3 by fluorescence in situ hybridization and mouse × rat somatic cell hybrid analysis.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|Publication status||Published - 1994 Jul 15|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology