The integrin α1 chain (Vla1) associates with the β1 chain to form a heterodimer that functions as a dual laminin/collagen receptor in neural cells and hematopoietic cells. We have used an interspecies backcross gene-mapping technique to map the Vla1 gene to the distal end of chromosome 13 in the mouse genome. The Vla1 locus is located 3.5 cM distal to Ctla-3 and 7.8 cM distal to Htrla. We have further characterized this locus in recombinant inbred (RI) mice by examining the strain distribution patterns of nine genomic DNA restriction fragment length variants detected with α1 cDNA probes. The RI gene mapping did not show linkage to previously mapped genes or mutants in the AXB, BXA, or AKXD RI sets and therefore defines a new genetic marker for the distal end of chromosome 13 in these RI sets.
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