Morphometric Comparison of the Rat Mandible in F344 Substrains, F344/Du and F344/N

Shin TANAKA, Sachi KUWAHARA, Kazutoshi NISHIJIMA, Yasunori NAKAMURA, Yasunori SUMI, Tamio OHNO, Nobuo GOTO
2006 Experimental animals  
The shape of the mandible was compared by morphometric methods to ascertain the genetic differences between two substrains of F344 rats, F344/DuCrlCrlj and F344/ NSlc. Since these two substrains are clearly different in survival and the incidence of age associated disorders; thus, some genetic differences are suggested to be present between them. Although previous microsatellite analysis did not detect any differences between the two F344 substrains, the present study clearly detected
more » ... detected interesting differences in the mandible morphology. At 2 months of age, the F344/Du mandible was characterized by a larger size, especially in length, than the F344/N mandible. The shape of the mandible seemed to be more variable in F344/N. This clear substrain difference suggests the importance of the substrain recognition in F344 rats, especially in experimental usage.
doi:10.1538/expanim.55.433 pmid:17090959 fatcat:qnjrocve2veylg25xhqs2jt6f4