Mapping six new susceptibility to colon cancer (Scc) loci using a mouse interspecific backcross. Academic Article uri icon


  • Colorectal cancer (CRC) has a complex etiology resulting from the combination of multiple genetic and environmental factors, each with small effects. Interactions among susceptibility modifier loci make many of the loci difficult to detect in human genome-wide association studies. Previous analyses in mice have used classical inbred strains, which share large portions of their genomes due to common ancestry. Herein, we used an interspecific backcross between the Mus musculus strain A/J and the Mus spretus strain SPRET/EiJ to map 6 additional CRC modifier loci (Scc16-21) and 2 suggestive loci. Three loci modify the location of tumors along the proximal-distal axis of the colon. Six CRC modifiers previously mapped in intraspecific crosses were also replicated. This work confirms genetic models suggesting that CRC is caused by many small effect alleles and brings the catalog of reported CRC modifier loci to 23 spread across 13 chromosomes. Furthermore, this work provides the foundation for large population-level epistatic interaction tests to identify combinations of low effect alleles that may have large effects on CRC susceptibility.

published proceedings

  • G3 (Bethesda)

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Eversley, C. D., Yuying, X., Pearsall, R. S., & Threadgill, D. W.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Eversley, Chevonne D||Yuying, Xie||Pearsall, R Scott||Threadgill, David W

publication date

  • December 2012