2Novosibirsk State University, 630090 Novosibirsk, Russia
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Received August 29, 2016
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the coding and regulatory regions of genes can affect transcription rate and translation efficiency, modify protein function, and, in some cases, cause the development of diseases. In the current study, the RNA-Seq approach has been used to discover strain-specific SNPs in ISIAH (inherited stress-induced arterial hypertension) rats, which are known as a model of stress-induced arterial hypertension. The comparison of the ISIAH SNPs with genome sequencing data available for another 42 rat strains and substrains, 11 of them known as hypertensive, showed a considerable genetic distance between the genotypes of ISIAH and all other rat strains and substrains. The study revealed 1849 novel SNPs specific for ISIAH rats and 158 SNPs present only in the genotypes of hypertensive rats. Amino acid substitutions with possible deleterious effect on protein function were detected. Several of them were found in the genes associated with hypertension. These SNPs may be considered as novel molecular targets for further studies aimed at assessing their potential in the therapy of stress-induced hypertension.
KEY WORDS: hypertension, SNPs, RNA-Seq, ISIAH rat strain