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Accession IconGSE20121

Transcript variation in C57BL/6J mice under normal laboratory conditions

Organism Icon Mus musculus
Sample Icon 24 Downloadable Samples
Technology Badge Icon Affymetrix Mouse Gene 1.0 ST Array (mogene10st)

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BACKGROUND: The transcript levels of many genes exhibit significant variation in tissue samples from inbred laboratory mice. A microarray experiment was designed to separate transcript abundance variation across samples from adipose, heart, kidney, and liver tissues of C57BL/6J mice into within-mouse and between-mouse components. Within-mouse variance captures variation due to heterogeneity of gene expression within tissues, RNA-extraction, and array processing. Between-mouse variance reflects differences in transcript levels between these genetically identical mice. Many biological sources can contribute to heterogeneous transcript levels within a tissue sample including inherent stochasticity of biochemical processes such as intrinsic and extrinsic noise within cells and differences in cell-type composition which can result from heterogeneity of stem and progenitor cell populations. Differences in global signaling patterns between individuals and micro-environmental influences such as interactions with pathogens and cage mates can also contribute to variation, but are likely to contribute more to the between-mouse variance component.
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