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Generation of multipurpose alleles for the functional analysis of the mouse genome



Generation of multipurpose alleles for the functional analysis of the mouse genome



Briefings in Functional Genomics and Proteomics 5(1): 15-18



A novel generation of retroviral gene-trap vectors has been developed with the ability to induce conditional mutations in most genes expressed in mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells. The vectors rely on directional site-specific recombination systems, which can repair and re-induce the gene-trap mutations when activated in succession. After the gene-trap insertions are passaged into mice, this system enables the induction of temporally and spatially restricted mutations in somatic cells. In addition to their conditional features, the vectors create multipurpose alleles amenable to a wide range of post-insertional modifications. These vectors have been used to assemble the largest library of ES cell lines with conditional mutations in single genes, presently totalling 1724 unique genes. Due to their efficiency, the vectors are part of the core technologies to be used by EUCOMM for establishing a complete collection of conditional null mutations in mice.

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PMID: 16769672

DOI: 10.1093/bfgp/ell009


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