Identification of genes required for eye development by high-throughput screening of mouse knockouts

Authors: Bret A. Moore, Brian C. Leonard, Lionel Sebbag, Sydney G. Edwards, Ann Cooper, Denise M. Imai, Ewan Straiton, Luis Santos, Christopher Reilly, Stephen M. Griffey, Lynette Bower, David Clary, Jeremy Mason, Michel J. Roux, Hamid Meziane, Yann Herault, Colin McKerlie, Ann M. Flenniken, Lauryl M. J. Nutter, Zorana Berberovic, Celeste Owen, Susan Newbigging, Hibret Adissu, Mohammed Eskandarian, Chih-Wei Hsu, Sowmya Kalaga, Uchechukwu Udensi, Chinwe Asomugha, Ritu Bohat, Juan J. Gallegos, John R. Seavitt, Jason D. Heaney, Arthur L. Beaudet, Mary E. Dickinson, Monica J. Justice, Vivek Philip, Vivek Kumar, Karen L. Svenson, Robert E. Braun, Sara Wells, Heather Cater, Michelle Stewart, Sharon Clementson-Mobbs, Russell Joynson, Xiang Gao, Tomohiro Suzuki, Shigeharu Wakana, Damian Smedley, J. K Seong, Glauco Tocchini-Valentini, Mark Moore, Colin Fletcher, Natasha Karp, Ramiro Ramirez-Solis, Jacqueline K. White, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Wolfgang Wurst, Sara M. Thomasy, Paul Flicek, Helen Parkinson, Steve D. M. Brown, Terrence F. Meehan, Patsy M. Nishina, Stephen A. Murray, Mark P. Krebs, Ann-Marie Mallon, K. C. Kent Lloyd, Christopher J. Murphy, Ala Moshiri


Despite advances in next generation sequencing technologies, determining the genetic basis of ocular disease remains a major challenge due to the limited access and prohibitive cost of human forward genetics. Thus, less than 4,000 genes currently have available phenotype information for any organ system. Here we report the ophthalmic findings from the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium, a large-scale functional genetic screen with the goal of generating and phenotyping a null mutant for every mouse gene. Of 4364 genes evaluated, 347 were identified to influence ocular phenotypes, 75% of which are entirely novel in ocular pathology. This discovery greatly increases the current number of genes known to contribute to ophthalmic disease, and it is likely that many of the genes will subsequently prove to be important in human ocular development and disease.

Source: Communications Biology, 2018; 1 (1)