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Generation of a novel rtTA transgenic mouse to induce time-controlled, tissue-specific alterations in Pax2-expressing cells


Burger, A; Koesters, R; Schäfer, B W; Niggli, F K (2011). Generation of a novel rtTA transgenic mouse to induce time-controlled, tissue-specific alterations in Pax2-expressing cells. Genesis: The Journal of Genetics and Development, 49(10):797-802.

Abstract

The paired-box transcription factor Pax2 plays a major role in early development of the kidney and the central nervous system. It is expressed in the metanephric mesenchyme of the developing kidney, at the midbrain-hindbrain boundary and the anlagen of the inner ear. The early expression of Pax2, especially in the developing kidney, prompted us to use this locus as a novel genetic tool to introduce temporally-controlled expression of transgenes.We generated a transgenic Pax2-rtTA mouse strain through genetic recombineering using a large BAC clone which drives expression of TetO-controlled transgenes upon doxycycline treatment in natively Pax2-expressing tissues. We show that expression of a TetO-responsive lacZ gene is tightly regulated by addition of doxycycline and can be detected in all Pax2-expressing tissues. Our transgenic Pax2-rtTA mouse thus represents a suitable tool to study the cell fates and molecular pathways in Pax2-positive tissues during development, such as the kidney. We further propose that the Pax2-rtTA tool has great potential to induce time-controlled, tissue-specific alterations for tumorigenic transformation of Pax2-expressing cells for generating in vivo tumor models, such as Wilms tumor. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

The paired-box transcription factor Pax2 plays a major role in early development of the kidney and the central nervous system. It is expressed in the metanephric mesenchyme of the developing kidney, at the midbrain-hindbrain boundary and the anlagen of the inner ear. The early expression of Pax2, especially in the developing kidney, prompted us to use this locus as a novel genetic tool to introduce temporally-controlled expression of transgenes.We generated a transgenic Pax2-rtTA mouse strain through genetic recombineering using a large BAC clone which drives expression of TetO-controlled transgenes upon doxycycline treatment in natively Pax2-expressing tissues. We show that expression of a TetO-responsive lacZ gene is tightly regulated by addition of doxycycline and can be detected in all Pax2-expressing tissues. Our transgenic Pax2-rtTA mouse thus represents a suitable tool to study the cell fates and molecular pathways in Pax2-positive tissues during development, such as the kidney. We further propose that the Pax2-rtTA tool has great potential to induce time-controlled, tissue-specific alterations for tumorigenic transformation of Pax2-expressing cells for generating in vivo tumor models, such as Wilms tumor. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 11:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:44
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:1526-954X
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/dvg.20701
PubMed ID:21157934

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