Preimplantation embryo development (Ped) gene copy number varies from 0 to 85 in a population of wild mice identified as Mus musculus domesticus

Preimplantation embryo development (Ped) gene copy number varies from 0 to 85 in a population of... The preimplantation embryo development (Ped) gene regulates the rate of preimplantation embryonic cleavage division and subsequent embryo survival. In the mouse, the Ped gene product is Qa-2 protein, a nonclassical MHC class I molecule encoded by four tandem genes, Q6/Q7/Q8/Q9. Most inbred strains of mice have all four genes on each allelic chromosome, making a total of eight Qa-2 encoding genes, but there are a few strains that are missing all eight genes, defining a null allele. Mouse strains with the presence of the Qa-2 encoding genes express Qa-2 protein and produce embryos with a faster rate of preimplantation embryonic development and a greater chance of embryo survival compared to mouse strains with the null allele. There is extensive evidence that the human homolog of Qa-2 is HLA-G. HLA-G in humans, like Qa-2 in mice, is associated with enhanced reproductive success. The human population is an outbred population. Therefore, for a better comparison to the human population, we undertook an investigation of the presence of the genes encoding Qa-2 in an outbred population of mice. We used Real-Time Quantitative PCR to quantify the number of Qa-2 encoding genes in a population of 32 wild mice identified as Mus musculus domesticus both by morphologic assessment and by PCR analysis of their DNA. We found great variability in the number of Qa-2 encoding genes in the wild mice tested. The wild mouse with the highest number of Qa-2 encoding genes had 85 such genes, whereas we discovered one wild mouse without any Qa-2 encoding genes. Evolutionary implications of a range of Qa-2 encoding gene numbers in the wild mouse population are discussed, as well as the relevance of our findings to humans. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mammalian Genome Springer Journals

Preimplantation embryo development (Ped) gene copy number varies from 0 to 85 in a population of wild mice identified as Mus musculus domesticus

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2007 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Life Sciences; Zoology ; Anatomy ; Cell Biology
ISSN
0938-8990
eISSN
1432-1777
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00335-007-9067-8
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Abstract

The preimplantation embryo development (Ped) gene regulates the rate of preimplantation embryonic cleavage division and subsequent embryo survival. In the mouse, the Ped gene product is Qa-2 protein, a nonclassical MHC class I molecule encoded by four tandem genes, Q6/Q7/Q8/Q9. Most inbred strains of mice have all four genes on each allelic chromosome, making a total of eight Qa-2 encoding genes, but there are a few strains that are missing all eight genes, defining a null allele. Mouse strains with the presence of the Qa-2 encoding genes express Qa-2 protein and produce embryos with a faster rate of preimplantation embryonic development and a greater chance of embryo survival compared to mouse strains with the null allele. There is extensive evidence that the human homolog of Qa-2 is HLA-G. HLA-G in humans, like Qa-2 in mice, is associated with enhanced reproductive success. The human population is an outbred population. Therefore, for a better comparison to the human population, we undertook an investigation of the presence of the genes encoding Qa-2 in an outbred population of mice. We used Real-Time Quantitative PCR to quantify the number of Qa-2 encoding genes in a population of 32 wild mice identified as Mus musculus domesticus both by morphologic assessment and by PCR analysis of their DNA. We found great variability in the number of Qa-2 encoding genes in the wild mice tested. The wild mouse with the highest number of Qa-2 encoding genes had 85 such genes, whereas we discovered one wild mouse without any Qa-2 encoding genes. Evolutionary implications of a range of Qa-2 encoding gene numbers in the wild mouse population are discussed, as well as the relevance of our findings to humans.

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Mammalian GenomeSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 8, 2007

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