Mammalian Genome

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 472–481 | Cite as

Genetic complexity of an obesity QTL (Fob3) revealedby detailed genetic mapping

  • Ioannis M. Stylianou
  • Julian K. Christians
  • Peter D. Keightley
  • Lutz Bünger
  • Michael Clinton
  • Grahame Bulfield
  • Simon HorvatEmail author


Obesity is proving to be a serious health concern in the developed world as well as an unwanted component of growth in livestock production. While recent advances in genetics have identified a number of monogenic causes of obesity, these are responsible for only a small proportion of human cases of obesity. By divergent selection for high and low fat content over 60 generations, we have created Fat (F) and Lean (L) lines of mice that represent a model of polygenic obesity similar to the situation in human populations. From previous crosses of these lines, four body fat quantitative trait loci (QTL) were identified. We have created congenic lines (Fchr15L), by recurrent marker-assisted backcrossing, to introgress the QTL region with the highest LOD score, Fob3 on Chr 15, from the L-Iine into the F-line background. We have further mapped this QTL by progeny testing of recombinants, produced from crosses between the F-line and congenic Fchrl5L mice, showing that the Fob3 QTL region is a composite of at least two smaller effect QTL—the proximal QTL Fob3a is a late-onset obesity QTL, whereas the distal Fob3b is an early-onset obesity QTL.


Quantitative Trait Locus Quantitative Trait Locus Analysis Dominance Effect Quantitative Trait Locus Region Significant Quantitative Trait Locus 



We are grateful to Pamela Mackay for help with genotyping the congenic lines and to Adrian White for technical assistance in the mouse facility. This project was supported by a BBSRC grant number 15/G12499 and the BBSRC Roslin Institute core strategic grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ioannis M. Stylianou
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julian K. Christians
    • 2
  • Peter D. Keightley
    • 2
  • Lutz Bünger
    • 3
  • Michael Clinton
    • 1
  • Grahame Bulfield
    • 1
    • 2
  • Simon Horvat
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Roslin Institute (Edinburgh)ScotlandUK
  2. 2.Institute of Cell, Animal and Population BiologyUniversity of EdinburghScotlandUK
  3. 3.Animal Breeding & Development, Sustainable Livestock SystemsSACUK
  4. 4.Biotechnical Faculty, Zootechnical DepartmentUniversity of LjubljanaDomzaleSlovenia

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