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Collaborative Cross Mouse Populations as a Resource for the Study of Epilepsy

By Bin Gu, John R Shorter, Lucy H Williams, Timothy A Bell, Pablo Hock, Katherine A. Dalton, Yiyun Pan, Darla R. Miller, Ginger D. Shaw, Brian C. Cooley, Benjamin D. Philpot, Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena

Posted 15 Jul 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/690917

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder with complex etiologies and genetic architecture. Animal models have a critical role in understanding the pathophysiology of epilepsy. Here we studied epilepsy utilizing a genetic reference population of Collaborative Cross (CC) mice with publicly available whole genome sequences. We measured multiple epilepsy traits in 35 CC strains, and we identified novel animal models that exhibit extreme outcomes in seizure susceptibility, seizure propagation, epileptogenesis, and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. We performed QTL mapping in an F2 population and identified seven novel and one previously identified loci associated with seizure sensitivity. We combined whole genome sequence and hippocampal gene expression to pinpoint biologically plausible candidate genes and candidate variants associated with seizure sensitivity. These resources provide a powerful toolbox for studying complex features of seizures and for identifying genes associated with particular seizure outcomes, and hence will facilitate the development of new therapeutic targets for epilepsy.

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