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See detailPolymorphic miRNA-target interactions : A Novel Source of Phenotypic Variation
Georges, Michel ULg; Clop, Alex; Marcq, Fabienne ULg et al

in Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology (2006, June), 71

Studying the muscular hypertrophy of Texel sheep by forward genetics, we have identified an A-to-G transition in the 3'UTRof the GDF8 gene that reveals an illegitimate target site for microRNAs miR-1 and ... [more ▼]

Studying the muscular hypertrophy of Texel sheep by forward genetics, we have identified an A-to-G transition in the 3'UTRof the GDF8 gene that reveals an illegitimate target site for microRNAs miR-1 and miR-206 that are highly expressed in skeletal muscle. This causes the down-regulation of this muscle-specific chalone and hence contributes to the muscular hypertrophyof Texel sheep. We demonstrate that polymorphisms which alter the content of putative miRNA target sites are commonin human and mice, and provide evidence that both conserved and nonconserved target sites are selectively constrained. Wespeculate that these polymorphisms might be important mediators of phenotypic variation including disease. To facilitatestudies along those lines, we have constructed a database (www.patrocles.org) listing putative polymorphic microRNA–targetinteractions. [less ▲]

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See detailA mutation creating a potential illegitimate microRNA target site in the myostatin gene affects muscularity in sheep.
Clop, Alex; Marcq, Fabienne ULg; Takeda, Haruko ULg et al

in Nature Genetics (2006), 38(7), 813-8

Texel sheep are renowned for their exceptional meatiness. To identify the genes underlying this economically important feature, we performed a whole-genome scan in a Romanov x Texel F2 population. We ... [more ▼]

Texel sheep are renowned for their exceptional meatiness. To identify the genes underlying this economically important feature, we performed a whole-genome scan in a Romanov x Texel F2 population. We mapped a quantitative trait locus with a major effect on muscle mass to chromosome 2 and subsequently fine-mapped it to a chromosome interval encompassing the myostatin (GDF8) gene. We herein demonstrate that the GDF8 allele of Texel sheep is characterized by a G to A transition in the 3' UTR that creates a target site for mir1 and mir206, microRNAs (miRNAs) that are highly expressed in skeletal muscle. This causes translational inhibition of the myostatin gene and hence contributes to the muscular hypertrophy of Texel sheep. Analysis of SNP databases for humans and mice demonstrates that mutations creating or destroying putative miRNA target sites are abundant and might be important effectors of phenotypic variation. [less ▲]

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