May 21, 1986

Shiverer jimpy double mutant mice. I. Biochemical evidence for reciprocal intergenic suppression

Brain Research
A L Kerner, J H Carson


Shiverer and jimpy are neurological mutations that cause hypomyelination in the mouse CNS. The 3 major protein components of CNS myelin are: myelin basic protein (MBP), proteolipid (PLP) and 2', 3'-cyclic nucleotide phosphohydrolase (CNP). Previous work has shown that in jimpy animals the CNS contains reduced levels of MBP and CNP while PLP is undetectable. In shiverer animals the major forms of MBP ae undetectable in either the CNS or PNS, but the level of CNP is unaffected by mutation. In this study we have measured MBP, PLP and CNP in both the CNS (cerebral hemispheres) and PNS (sciatic nerve) of mice carrying the jimpy and shiverer mutations, individually and in combination. The results indicate that in the double mutant the levels of all 3 myelin proteins in both the CNS and PNS are intermediate between the levels in jimpy and the levels in shiverer animals. This means that part of the biochemical phenotype of the jimpy mutation (reduced levels of CNP and absence of PLP) is suppressed by the shiverer mutation, and part of the biochemical phenotype of the shiverer mutation (absence of MBP) is suppressed by the jimpy mutation. Possible mechanisms for this reciprocal intergenic suppression are discussed.

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Structure of Sciatic Nerve
Mice, Inbred BALB C
Myelin Sheath
2',3'-Cyclic-nucleotide 2'-phosphodiesterase
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Cortical Cell Layer of the Cerebral Cortex
Suppressor Mutation
Mice, Inbred C3H

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