The Cmv1 locus controls NK cell-mediated resistance to infection with murine CMV. Our recent genetic analysis of backcross mice demonstrated that the NK gene complex (NKC)-linked Cmv1 locus should reside between the Ly49 and Prp gene clusters on distal mouse chromosome 6. We have aligned yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) inserts in a contig spanning the interval between the Ly49 and Prp gene clusters. This YAC contig includes 13 overlapping YAC inserts that span more than 2 megabases (Mb) in C57BL/6 (B6) mice. Since we have identified genomic clones that span the Ly49-Prp gene region, we hypothesize that at least one should contain the Cmv1 locus. To narrow the Cmv1 critical region, we developed novel NKC genetic markers and used these to genotype informative backcross and intra-NKC recombinant congenic mouse DNA samples. These data suggest that Cmv1 resides on a single YAC insert within an interval that corresponds to a physical distance of ~390 kb. This high resolution, integrated physical and genetic NKC map will facilitate identification of Cmv1 and other NKC-linked loci that regulate NK cell- mediated immunity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1991-1999
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 15 1999


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