Suzanne J. Litscher

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Despite steady progress in identifying quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for bone phenotypes, relatively little progress has been made in moving from QTLs to identifying the relevant gene. We exploited the genetic structure of recombinant congenic mouse strains by performing a reciprocal intercross of the strains HcB-8 and HcB-23, phenotyped for body size,(More)
Skeletal fragility is an important health problem with a large genetic component. We performed a 603 animal F2 reciprocal intercross of the recombinant congenic strains HcB-8 and HcB-23 to genetically map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for tissue-level femoral biomechanical performance. These included elastic and post-yield strain, Young's modulus, elastic(More)
PURPOSE Phenylketonuria (PKU), caused by phenylalanine (phe) hydroxylase loss of function mutations, requires a low-phe diet plus amino acid (AA) formula to prevent cognitive impairment. Glycomacropeptide (GMP), a low-phe whey protein, provides a palatable alternative to AA formula. Skeletal fragility is a poorly understood chronic complication of PKU. We(More)
Bone biomechanical performance is a complex trait or, more properly, an ensemble of complex traits. Biomechanical performance incorporates flexibility under loading, yield and failure load, and energy to failure; all are important measures of bone function. To date, the vast majority of work has focused on yield and failure load and its surrogate, bone(More)
Many densitometric studies in mice assess bone mineral density (BMD) at specified regions of interest, often using ex vivo specimens. In the present study, we sought to determine the precision and accuracy of ex vivo densitometry of mouse bones, comparing two software versions and two data acquisition techniques. The newer software allows manual adjustment(More)
Studies of bone genetics have addressed an array of related phenotypes, including various measures of biomechanical performance, bone size, bone, shape, and bone mineral density. These phenotypes are not independent, resulting in redundancy of the information they provide. Principal component (PC) analysis transforms multiple phenotype data to a new set of(More)
The recombinant congenic mouse strains HcB-8 and HcB-23 differ in femoral shape, size, and strength, with HcB-8 femora being more gracile, more cylindrical, weaker, and having higher Young's modulus. In previous work, we mapped a robust, pleiotropic quantitative trait locus for these bone traits. Ece1, encoding endothelin converting enzyme 1, is a(More)
Current therapies for high-grade gliomas extend survival only modestly. The glioma microenvironment, including glioma-associated microglia/macrophages (GAM), is a potential therapeutic target. The microglia/macrophage cytokine CSF1 and its receptor CSF1R are overexpressed in human high-grade gliomas. To determine whether the other known CSF1R ligand IL34 is(More)
A pleiotropic quantitative trait locus (QTL) for bone geometry and mechanical performance in mice was mapped to distal chromosome 4 via an intercross of recombinant congenic mice HcB-8 and HcB-23. To study the QTL in isolation, we have generated C3H.B10-(rs6355453-rs13478087) (C.B.4.3) and C3H.B10-(rs6369860-D4Mit170) (C.B.4.2) congenic strains that harbor(More)
Dual energy X ray absorptiometry (DXA) has become a popular analytical technique in mice and other small animals. Comparative study of bone properties at different anatomical sites is an active area of study in model organisms. Such investigations require that site-specific data be generated and interpreted. There are no published data addressing the degree(More)
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