Medical College of Wisconsin
CTSICores SearchResearch InformaticsREDCap

Consomic strategies to localize genomic regions related to vascular reactivity in the Dahl salt-sensitive rat. Physiol Genomics 2006 Aug 16;26(3):218-25 PMID: 16772359

Pubmed ID



Chromosomal substitution strains afford the opportunity to discover regions of the rat genome that contain genes related to cardiovascular traits with the long-range goal of linking these genes to physiological function. PhysGen (Programs for Genomic Applications) created a consomic panel of rats derived from the introgression of a single chromosome (> or =95% of the BN chromosome, one at a time) of the Brown Norway (BN/NHsdMcwi) rat onto the homogeneous genetic background of the Dahl salt-sensitive rat (SS/JrHsdMcwi). For 3 wk before the experiment, the rats were maintained on a low-salt diet (0.4% NaCl). The dose response of aortic rings from each strain of rat to phenylephrine, acetylcholine, sodium nitroprusside, and three different levels of tissue bath hypoxia (10, 5, and 0% O2) was measured and compared with the parental SS rat. To maximize the possibility that differences among the strains would become apparent, each strain of rat including the parental SS and BN was also studied after being maintained on a high-salt diet (4.0% NaCl) for 3 wk. If the response of the aortic ring from a consomic strain to these vasoactive substances was different from that of the SS parental strain, it was concluded that the introgressed chromosome contained a gene or genes that contributed to that difference. Because the BN chromosome is removed from its native background and the SS rat loses a native chromosome, it is also necessary to consider the contribution of changes in gene-to-gene interaction.

Author List

Kunert MP, Drenjancevic-Peric I, Dwinell MR, Lombard JH, Cowley AW Jr, Greene AS, Kwitek AE, Jacob HJ


Allen W. Cowley Jr PhD Professor in the Physiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Melinda R. Dwinell PhD Center Associate Director, Associate Professor in the Physiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Andrew S. Greene PhD Interim Vice Chair, Chief, Professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Julian H. Lombard PhD Professor in the Physiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin


2-s2.0-33747330104   20 Citations

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Blood Pressure
Blood Vessels
Chromosome Mapping
Chromosomes, Mammalian
Diet, Sodium-Restricted
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
In Vitro Techniques
Rats, Inbred BN
Rats, Inbred Dahl
Sodium Chloride, Dietary
jenkins-FCD Prod-297 dff1a717c492f00bf6291286365f1f4fe95208f1