The stretcher spontaneous neurodegenerative mutation models Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 4D.
David Chandler, Sash Lopaticki, Dexing Huang, Michael Hunter, Dora Angelicheva, Trevor Kilpatrick, Rosalind Hm King, Luba Kalaydjieva, Grant Morahan
F1000Res | Published : 2013
Mice affected by a spontaneous mutation which arose within our colony exhibited a neuromuscular phenotype involving tremor and characteristic stretching of the rear limbs. The mutant, named stretcher, was used to breed a backcross cohort for genetic mapping studies. The gene responsible for the mutant phenotype was mapped to a small region on mouse chromosome 15, with a LOD score above 20. Candidate genes within the region included the Ndrg1 gene. Examination of this gene in the mutant mouse strain revealed that exons 10 to 14 had been deleted. Mutations in the human orthologue are known to result in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 4D (CMT4D) a severe early-onset disorder involving Schwann ..View full abstract