Paul Keith Potter

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Arguably, the main challenge for contemporary genetics is to understand the function of every gene in a mammalian genome. The mouse has emerged as a model for this task because its genome can be manipulated in a number of ways to study gene function or mimic disease states. Two complementary genetic approaches can be used to generate mouse models. A reverse(More)
Forward genetics screens with N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU) provide a powerful way to illuminate gene function and generate mouse models of human disease; however, the identification of causative mutations remains a limiting step. Current strategies depend on conventional mapping, so the propagation of affected mice requires non-lethal screens; accurate(More)
Understanding phenotype-genotype correlations in retinal degeneration is a major challenge. Mutations in CRB1 lead to a spectrum of autosomal recessive retinal dystrophies with variable phenotypes suggesting the influence of modifying factors. To establish the contribution of the genetic background to phenotypic variability associated with the Crb1(rd8/rd8)(More)
Inherited deficiency of early components of the classical complement pathway is strongly associated with the targeting of intracellular self Ags in systemic lupus erythematosus, but the reasons for this association are debated. In this study, we show that C1q deficiency increases the positive selection of B1b B cells and IgM autoantibodies by an(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus is a multisystem autoimmune disease characterized by the production of numerous antinuclear autoantibodies and inflammatory mediators. The BXSB mouse strain is an excellent model of the disease. Previous work has determined a number of important disease susceptibility intervals that have been isolated in separate congenic(More)
The function of the majority of genes in the mouse and human genomes remains unknown. The mouse embryonic stem cell knockout resource provides a basis for the characterization of relationships between genes and phenotypes. The EUMODIC consortium developed and validated robust methodologies for the broad-based phenotyping of knockouts through a pipeline(More)
Otitis media with effusion (OME) is the commonest cause of hearing loss in children, yet the underlying genetic pathways and mechanisms involved are incompletely understood. Ventilation of the middle ear with tympanostomy tubes is the commonest surgical procedure in children and the best treatment for chronic OME, but the mechanism by which they work(More)
Two bottlenecks impeding the genetic analysis of complex traits in rodents are access to mapping populations able to deliver gene-level mapping resolution and the need for population-specific genotyping arrays and haplotype reference panels. Here we combine low-coverage (0.15×) sequencing with a new method to impute the ancestral haplotype space in 1,887(More)
PURPOSE A mouse mutant identified during a recessive N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU) mutagenesis screen exhibited ocular hemorrhaging resulting in a blood-filled orbit, and hence was named "redeye." We aimed to identify the causal mutation in redeye, and evaluate it as a model for diabetic retinopathy (DR). METHODS The causative gene mutation in redeye was(More)
Deficiency of complement in humans and mice is associated with the development of lupus and with abnormal repair of inflammatory and immune complex-mediated tissue injury. Here we ask whether similar defects in the resolution of inflammation are found in mice prone to spontaneous lupus. We compared the response to an i.p. injection of thioglycolate between(More)