Karen J. Moore

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The ob gene product, leptin, is an important circulating signal for the regulation of body weight. To identify high affinity leptin-binding sites, we generated a series of leptin-alkaline phosphatase (AP) fusion proteins as well as [125I]leptin. After a binding survey of cell lines and tissues, we identified leptin-binding sites in the mouse choroid plexus.(More)
Bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) provokes a vigorous, generalized proinflammatory state in the infected host. Genetic regulation of this response has been localized to the Lps locus on mouse chromosome 4, through study of the C3H/HeJ and C57BL/10ScCr inbred strains. Both C3H/HeJ and C57BL/10ScCr mice are homozygous for a mutant Lps allele (Lpsd/d) that(More)
Recent advances in gene mapping technologies have led to increased emphasis in developing representative genetic maps for several species, particularly domestic plants and animals. These maps are being compiled with two distinct goals: to provide a resource for genetic analysis, and to help dissect the evolution of genome organization by comparing linkage(More)
Chediak-Higashi syndrome (CHS) is a rare, autosomal recessive disorder characterized by hypopigmentation, severe immunologic deficiency with neutropenia and lack of natural killer (NK) cells, a bleeding tendency and neurologic abnormalities1–4. Most patients die in childhood. The CHS hallmark is the occurrence of giant inclusion bodies and organelles in a(More)
Congenic breeding strategies are becoming increasingly important as a greater number of complex trait linkages are identified. Traditionally, the development of a congenic strain has been a time-consuming endeavour, requiring ten generations of backcrosses. The recent advent of a dense molecular genetic map of the mouse permits methods that can reduce the(More)
Chediak-Higashi syndrome (CHS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by severe immunologic defects, reduced pigmentation, bleeding tendency, and progressive neurological dysfunction. Most patients present in early childhood and die unless treated by bone marrow transplantation. About 10-15% of patients exhibit a much milder clinical phenotype(More)
Mutations in the mouse microphthalmia (mi) gene affect the development of a number of cell types including melanocytes, osteoclasts and mast cells. Recently, mutations in the human mi gene (MITF) were found in patients with Waardenburg Syndrome type 2 (WS2), a dominantly inherited syndrome associated with hearing loss and pigmentary disturbances. We have(More)
The mutated gene responsible for the tubby obesity phenotype has been identified by positional cloning. A single base change within a splice donor site results in the incorrect retention of a single intron in the mature tub mRNA transcript. The consequence of this mutation is the substitution of the carboxy-terminal 44 amino acids with 24 intron-encoded(More)
This year's Chromosome (Chr) 6 committee report sees an additional 66 loci placed onto mouse Chr 6, bringing the total number of loci to 208. The new loci can be identified by an asterisk in the first column of Table 1. The new loci have also been incorporated into the composite genetic map (Fig. 1) and the data pertaining to their mapping is added to(More)
OBJECTIVE Atherosclerosis susceptibility is a genetic trait that varies between mouse strains. The goal of this study was to use a public mouse single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) database to define the genetic loci that are associated with this trait, without the need to perform strain intercrosses that are normally required to obtain these loci. (More)