Int J Biol Sci 2006; 2(4):171-178. doi:10.7150/ijbs.2.171 This issue
1. Department of Animal Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164- 6351, USA
2. School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164- 4236 USA
People with obesity, especially extreme obesity, are at risk for many health problems. However, the responsible genes remain unknown in >95% of severe obesity cases. Our previous genome-wide scan of Wagyu x Limousin F2 cattle crosses with extreme phenotypes revealed a molecular marker significantly associated with intramuscular fat deposition. Characterization of this marker showed that it is orthologous to the human gene KIAA1462 located on HSA10p11.23, where a major quantitative trait locus for morbid obesity has been reported. The newly identified mitochondrial poly(A) polymerase associated domain containing 1 (PAPD1) gene, which is located near this marker, is particularly interesting because the polymerase is required for the polyadenylation and stabilization of mammalian mitochondrial mRNAs. In the present study, both cDNA and genomic DNA sequences were annotated for the bovine PAPD1 gene and ten genetic markers were detected in the promoter and exon 1 region. Among seven markers assayed on ~ 250 Wagyu x Limousin F2 animals, two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the promoter region were significantly associated with intramuscular fat (P<0.05). However, there was a significant interaction (P<0.05) between a third SNP, which causes an amino acid change in coding exon 1, and each of these two promoter SNPs on intramuscular fat deposition. In particular, the differences between double heterozygous animals at two polymorphic sites and the slim genotype animals exceeded 2.3 standard deviations for the trait in both cases. Our study provides evidence for a new mechanism – the involvement of compound heterosis in extreme obesity, which warrants further examination.
Keywords: PAPD1, Nuclear-encoded mitochondrial gene, Polymorphisms, Compound heterosis, Extreme obesity.