LUPA: a European initiative taking advantage of the canine genome architecture for unravelling complex disorders in both human and dogs

Lequarre, A.S.; Andersson, L.; Andre, C.; Fredholm, M.; Hitte, C.; Leeb, Tosso; Lohi, H.; Lindblad-Toh, K.; Georges, M. (2011). LUPA: a European initiative taking advantage of the canine genome architecture for unravelling complex disorders in both human and dogs. Veterinary journal, 189(2), pp. 155-9. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.tvjl.2011.06.013

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The domestic dog offers a unique opportunity to explore the genetic basis of disease, morphology and behaviour. Humans share many diseases with our canine companions, making dogs an ideal model organism for comparative disease genetics. Using newly developed resources, genome-wide association studies in dog breeds are proving to be exceptionally powerful. Towards this aim, veterinarians and geneticists from 12 European countries are collaborating to collect and analyse the DNA from large cohorts of dogs suffering from a range of carefully defined diseases of relevance to human health. This project, named LUPA, has already delivered considerable results. The consortium has collaborated to develop a new high density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array. Mutations for four monogenic diseases have been identified and the information has been utilised to find mutations in human patients. Several complex diseases have been mapped and fine mapping is underway. These findings should ultimately lead to a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying complex diseases in both humans and their best friend.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Institute of Genetics

UniBE Contributor:

Leeb, Tosso

Subjects:

500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

1090-0233

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:32

Last Modified:

16 Feb 2015 08:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.tvjl.2011.06.013

Web of Science ID:

000295348900008

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/12274 (FactScience: 218590)

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