Of the 192 target genes, 79 map to a significant eQTL or pQTL in at least one dietary condition.
is the line for a paper "Multilayered Genetic and Omics Dissection of Mitochondrial Activity in a Mouse Reference Population"
As far as I know an eQTL is a SNP (particular genotype) affects gene expression. How can I map then a gene to an eQTL? A gene is a sequence on a reference genome. Genotypes of one specific gene are just variations of the sequence of this specific gene. So, a gene itself cannot be an eQTL, a specific genotype (with a variation) can be, right?
So, how can it be possible that one gene (let say GENE22, location: 10-100) is mapped to eQTL(SNP within GENE22, location: 12) in one dietary condition but is not mapped to eQTL in another dietary condition if we are still speaking about the same gene and the same location of an eQTL? So, I am not quite sure what they mean or what they mapped there.