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Tetracycline-inducible system for regulation of skeletal muscle-specific gene expression in transgenic miceTightly regulated control of over-expression is often necessary to study one aspect or time point of gene function and, in transgenesis, may help to avoid lethal effects and complications caused by ubiquitous over-expression. We have utilized the benefits of an optimized tet-on system and a modified muscle creatine kinase (MCK) promoter to generate a skeletal muscle-specific, doxycycline (Dox) controlled over-expression system in transgenic mice. A DNA construct was generated in which the codon optimized reverse tetracycline transactivator (rtTA) was placed under control of a skeletal muscle-specific version of the mouse MCK promoter. Transgenic mice containing this construct expressed rtTA almost exclusively in skeletal muscles. These mice were crossed to a second transgenic line containing a bi-directional promoter centered on a tet responder element driving both a luciferase reporter gene and a tagged gene of interest; in this case the calpain inhibitor calpastatin. Compound hemizygous mice showed high level, Dox dependent muscle-specific luciferase activity often exceeding 10,000-fold over non-muscle tissues of the same mouse. Western and immunocytochemical analysis demonstrated similar Dox dependent muscle-specific induction of the tagged calpastatin protein. These findings demonstrate the effectiveness and flexibility of the tet-on system to provide a tightly regulated over-expression system in adult skeletal muscle. The MCKrtTA transgenic lines can be combined with other transgenic responder lines for skeletal muscle-specific over-expression of any target gene of interest.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Grill, Mischala A.
(University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona, 85724, United States)
Bales, Mark A.
Fought, Amber N.
Rosburg, Kristopher C.
Munger, Stephanie J.
Antin, Parker B.
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 2003
Publication Information
Publication: Transgenic research
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0962-8819
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
Distribution Limits
NASA Discipline Musculoskeletal
Non-NASA Center

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