Search tips
Search criteria

Results 1-11 (11)

Clipboard (0)

Select a Filter Below

Year of Publication
Document Types
1.  The Antipsychotic Olanzapine Interacts with the Gut Microbiome to Cause Weight Gain in Mouse 
PLoS ONE  2014;9(12):e115225.
The second-generation antipsychotic olanzapine is effective in reducing psychotic symptoms but can cause extreme weight gain in human patients. We investigated the role of the gut microbiota in this adverse drug effect using a mouse model. First, we used germ-free C57BL/6J mice to demonstrate that gut bacteria are necessary and sufficient for weight gain caused by oral delivery of olanzapine. Second, we surveyed fecal microbiota before, during, and after treatment and found that olanzapine potentiated a shift towards an “obesogenic” bacterial profile. Finally, we demonstrated that olanzapine has antimicrobial activity in vitro against resident enteric bacterial strains. These results collectively provide strong evidence for a mechanism underlying olanzapine-induced weight gain in mouse and a hypothesis for clinical translation in human patients.
PMCID: PMC4266663  PMID: 25506936
2.  Mouse Phenome Database 
Nucleic Acids Research  2013;42(Database issue):D825-D834.
The Mouse Phenome Database (MPD; was launched in 2001 as the data coordination center for the international Mouse Phenome Project. MPD integrates quantitative phenotype, gene expression and genotype data into a common annotated framework to facilitate query and analysis. MPD contains >3500 phenotype measurements or traits relevant to human health, including cancer, aging, cardiovascular disorders, obesity, infectious disease susceptibility, blood disorders, neurosensory disorders, drug addiction and toxicity. Since our 2012 NAR report, we have added >70 new data sets, including data from Collaborative Cross lines and Diversity Outbred mice. During this time we have completely revamped our homepage, improved search and navigational aspects of the MPD application, developed several web-enabled data analysis and visualization tools, annotated phenotype data to public ontologies, developed an ontology browser and released new single nucleotide polymorphism query functionality with much higher density coverage than before. Here, we summarize recent data acquisitions and describe our latest improvements.
PMCID: PMC3965087  PMID: 24243846
The Pharmacogenomics Journal  2010;12(2):147-155.
Pharmacogenomics is yet to fulfill its promise of manifestly altering clinical medicine. As one example, a predictive test for tardive dyskinesia (an adverse drug reaction consequent to antipsychotic exposure) could greatly improve the clinical treatment of schizophrenia but human studies are equivocal. A complementary approach is the mouse-then-human design in which a valid mouse model is used to identify susceptibility loci which are subsequently tested in human samples. We used inbred mouse strains from the Mouse Phenome Project to estimate the heritability of haloperidol-induced activity and orofacial phenotypes. 159 mice from 27 inbred strains were chronically treated with haloperidol (3 mg/kg/day via subdermal slow-release pellets) and monitored for the development of vacuous chewing movements (VCMs, the mouse analog of TD) and other movement phenotypes derived from open field activity and the inclined screen test. The test battery was assessed at 0, 30, 60, 90, and 120 days in relation to haloperidol exposure. As expected, haloperidol caused marked changes in VCMs, activity in the open field, and EPS. Unexpectedly, factor analysis demonstrated that these measures were imprecise assessments of a latent construct rather than discrete constructs. The heritability of a composite phenotype was ~0.9 after incorporation of the longitudinal nature of the design. Murine VCMs are a face valid animal model of antipsychotic-induced TD and heritability estimates from this study support the feasibility of mapping of susceptibility loci for VCMs.
PMCID: PMC3117923  PMID: 21079646
Antipsychotic; haloperidol; adverse drug reaction; tardive dyskinesia; mouse model; vacuous chewing movements
4.  Genome-Wide Association Mapping Of Loci for Antipsychotic-Induced Extrapyramidal Symptoms in Mice 
Mammalian Genome  2011;23(5-6):322-335.
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a debilitating, unpredictable and often irreversible side effect resulting from chronic treatment with typical antipsychotic agents such as haloperidol. TD is characterized by repetitive, involuntary, purposeless movements primarily of the orofacial region. In order to investigate genetic susceptibility to TD, we used a validated mouse model for a systems genetics analysis geared toward detecting genetic predictors of TD in human patients. Phenotypic data from 27 inbred strains chronically treated with haloperidol and phenotyped for vacuous chewing movements were subject to a comprehensive genomic analysis involving 426,493 SNPs, 4,047 CNVs, brain gene expression, along with gene network and bioinformatic analysis. Our results identified ~50 genes that we expect to have high prior probabilities for association with haloperidol-induced TD, most of which have never been tested for association with human TD. Among our top candidates were genes regulating the development of brain motor control regions (Zic4, Nkx6-1), glutamate receptors (Grin1, Grin2a), and an indirect target of haloperidol (Drd1a) that has not been as well studied as the direct target, Drd2.
PMCID: PMC3356790  PMID: 22207321
pharmacogenetic; adverse drug reaction; QTL; haloperidol; mouse
5.  Mouse Phenome Database (MPD) 
Nucleic Acids Research  2011;40(Database issue):D887-D894.
The Mouse Phenome Project was launched a decade ago to complement mouse genome sequencing efforts by promoting new phenotyping initiatives under standardized conditions and collecting the data in a central public database, the Mouse Phenome Database (MPD; MPD houses a wealth of strain characteristics data to facilitate the use of the laboratory mouse in translational research for human health and disease, helping alleviate problems involving experimentation in humans that cannot be done practically or ethically. Data sets are voluntarily contributed by researchers from a variety of institutions and settings, or in some cases, retrieved by MPD staff from public sources. MPD maintains a growing collection of standardized reference data that assists investigators in selecting mouse strains for research applications; houses treatment/control data for drug studies and other interventions; offers a standardized platform for discovering genotype–phenotype relationships; and provides tools for hypothesis testing. MPD improvements and updates since our last NAR report are presented, including the addition of new tools and features to facilitate navigation and data mining as well as the acquisition of new data (phenotypic, genotypic and gene expression).
PMCID: PMC3245053  PMID: 22102583
6.  Promoting coherent minimum reporting guidelines for biological and biomedical investigations: the MIBBI project 
Nature biotechnology  2008;26(8):889-896.
The Minimum Information for Biological and Biomedical Investigations (MIBBI) project provides a resource for those exploring the range of extant minimum information checklists and fosters coordinated development of such checklists.
PMCID: PMC2771753  PMID: 18688244
7.  Aging in inbred strains of mice: study design and interim report on median lifespans and circulating IGF1 levels 
Aging cell  2009;8(3):277-287.
To better characterize aging in mice, the Jackson Aging Center carried out a lifespan study of 31 genetically-diverse inbred mouse strains housed in a specific pathogen-free facility. We carried out clinical assessments every 6 months, measuring multiple age-related phenotypes including neuromuscular, kidney and heart function, body composition, bone density, hematology, hormonal levels, and immune system parameters. In a concurrent cross-sectional study of the same 31 strains at 6, 12, and 20 months, we carried out more invasive measurements followed by necropsy to assess apoptosis, DNA repair, chromosome fragility, and histopathology. In this report, which is the initial paper of a series, we describe the study design, median lifespans, and circulating IGF1 levels at 6, 12 and 18 months for the first cohort of 32 females and 32 males of each strain. Survival curves varied dramatically among strains with median lifespans ranging from 251 to 964 days. Plasma IGF1 levels, which also varied considerably at each time point, showed an inverse correlation with median lifespan at 6 months (R=−0.33, P=0.01). This correlation became stronger if the short-lived strains with a median lifespan<600 days were removed from the analysis (R=−0.53, P<0.01). These results support the hypothesis that the IGF1 pathway plays a key role in regulating longevity in mice and indicates that common genetic mechanisms may exist for regulating IGF1 levels and lifespan.
PMCID: PMC2768517  PMID: 19627267
genetics; mice; longevity; IGF1; aging
8.  Mouse Phenome Database 
Nucleic Acids Research  2008;37(Database issue):D720-D730.
The Mouse Phenome Database (MPD; is an open source, web-based repository of phenotypic and genotypic data on commonly used and genetically diverse inbred strains of mice and their derivatives. MPD is also a facility for query, analysis and in silico hypothesis testing. Currently MPD contains about 1400 phenotypic measurements contributed by research teams worldwide, including phenotypes relevant to human health such as cancer susceptibility, aging, obesity, susceptibility to infectious diseases, atherosclerosis, blood disorders and neurosensory disorders. Electronic access to centralized strain data enables investigators to select optimal strains for many systems-based research applications, including physiological studies, drug and toxicology testing, modeling disease processes and complex trait analysis. The ability to select strains for specific research applications by accessing existing phenotype data can bypass the need to (re)characterize strains, precluding major investments of time and resources. This functionality, in turn, accelerates research and leverages existing community resources. Since our last NAR reporting in 2007, MPD has added more community-contributed data covering more phenotypic domains and implemented several new tools and features, including a new interactive Tool Demo available through the MPD homepage (quick link:
PMCID: PMC2686531  PMID: 18987003
9.  Mouse Phenome Database (MPD) 
Nucleic Acids Research  2006;35(Database issue):D643-D649.
The Mouse Phenome Database (MPD; ) is a repository of phenotypic and genotypic data on commonly used and genetically diverse inbred strains of mice. Strain characteristics data are contributed by members of the scientific community. Electronic access to centralized strain data enables biomedical researchers to choose appropriate strains for many systems-based research applications, including physiological studies, drug and toxicology testing and modeling disease processes. MPD provides a community data repository and a platform for data analysis and in silico hypothesis testing. The laboratory mouse is a premier genetic model for understanding human biology and pathology; MPD facilitates research that uses the mouse to identify and determine the function of genes participating in normal and disease pathways.
PMCID: PMC1781116  PMID: 17151079
10.  Irradiation-Mediated Rescue of T Cell–Specific V(D)j Recombination and Thymocyte Differentiation in Severe Combined Immunodeficient Mice by Bone Marrow Cells 
The Journal of Experimental Medicine  1999;190(9):1257-1262.
In SCID (severe combined immunodeficient) mice, proper assembly of immunoglobulin and T cell receptor (TCR) genes is blocked by defective V(D)J recombination so that B and T lymphocyte differentiation is arrested at an early precursor stage. Treating the mice with gamma irradiation rescues V(D)J rearrangement at multiple TCR loci, promotes limited thymocyte differentiation, and induces thymic lymphomas. These effects are not observed in the B cell lineage. Current models postulate that irradiation affects intrathymic T cell precursors. Surprisingly, we found that transfer of irradiated SCID bone marrow cells to unirradiated host animals rescues both TCR rearrangements and thymocyte differentiation. These data indicate that irradiation affects precursor cells at an earlier stage of differentiation than was previously thought and suggest new models for the mechanism of irradiation rescue.
PMCID: PMC2195679  PMID: 10544197
T cell receptors; lymphocyte differentiation; hematopoietic stem cells; TCR rearrangement; adoptive transfer
11.  Use of a Dense Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Map for In Silico Mapping in the Mouse 
PLoS Biology  2004;2(12):e393.
Rapid expansion of available data, both phenotypic and genotypic, for multiple strains of mice has enabled the development of new methods to interrogate the mouse genome for functional genetic perturbations. In silico mapping provides an expedient way to associate the natural diversity of phenotypic traits with ancestrally inherited polymorphisms for the purpose of dissecting genetic traits. In mouse, the current single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data have lacked the density across the genome and coverage of enough strains to properly achieve this goal. To remedy this, 470,407 allele calls were produced for 10,990 evenly spaced SNP loci across 48 inbred mouse strains. Use of the SNP set with statistical models that considered unique patterns within blocks of three SNPs as an inferred haplotype could successfully map known single gene traits and a cloned quantitative trait gene. Application of this method to high-density lipoprotein and gallstone phenotypes reproduced previously characterized quantitative trait loci (QTL). The inferred haplotype data also facilitates the refinement of QTL regions such that candidate genes can be more easily identified and characterized as shown for adenylate cyclase 7.
A large resource of genetic markers, typed in 48 strains of mice, combined with statistical techniques, allow "in silico" mapping of genetic regions involved in interesting traits in mice
PMCID: PMC526179  PMID: 15534693

Results 1-11 (11)