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Rescue of an MMTV transgene by co-integration reveals novel locus control properties of the ovine beta-lactoglobulin gene that confer locus commitment to heterogeneous tissues

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-12
Number of pages8
JournalTransgenic Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1998


In an attempt to enhance the frequency and level of expression of a poor-performing MMTV-driven transgene, we co-integrated this construct with the ovine beta-lactoglobulin (BLG) gene in transgenic mice. Seven lines of transgenic mice possessing co-integrated BLG and MMTV-RZ5 transgenes were compared with 12 lines of mice that possessed only the MMTV-RZ5 construct. Co-integration enhanced the frequency of expression in the mammary gland from two out of 12 lines for the MMTV-RZ5 transgene alone, to five out of seven when co-integrated with BLG. Surprisingly, co-integration also resulted in co-expression of the two transgenes in the salivary gland, lung and spleen in addition to the mammary gland. Furthermore, both transgenes were expressed in virgin animals, and throughout pregnancy and lactation, suggesting that the developmental regulation of the locus follows that of the MMTV-promoter. These findings represent a novel locus control property of the ovine BLG gene that confers commitment of the locus to the mammary gland, but also to a range of heterogeneous tissues possibly defined by the second promoter at the locus.

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  • Animals, Female, Lactation, Lactoglobulins, Locus Control Region, Lung, Mammary Glands, Animal, Mammary Tumor Virus, Mouse, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Mice, Inbred CBA, Mice, Transgenic, Pregnancy, Salivary Glands, Sheep, Spleen, Transformation, Genetic, Transgenes

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