Variegation and silencing in a lentiviral-based murine transgenic model.

D. Baup, L. Fraga, E. Pernot, A. Van Acker, A.s. Vanherck, Karine Breckpot, Kris Thielemans, S. Schurmans, Mc Moser, O Leo

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Lentiviral based constructs represent a recent development in the generation of transgenic animals. The ease of use, and the fact that the same backbone vectors can be used to down-modulate endogenous gene expression and to produce transgenic animals overexpressing a gene of interest, have fuelled growing interest in this technology. In this study, we have used a lentiviral delivery system to generate transgenic mice expressing altered levels (up or downregulated) of a gene of interest. Although this lentiviral-based approach led to high levels of transgenesis and germ line transmission, a wide variation in transgene expression was observed in most first and second generation mouse lines. In particular, despite the segregation of integrants into single-copy expressing mouse lines, transgene expression appeared to be the target of epigenetic regulatory mechanism, often causing the coexistence of high and low transgene expressing cells within a given tissue such as blood peripheral lymphocytes. The establishment and analysis of large number of mouse lines may therefore be required to select a stable transgenic line with pancellular expression of a gene of interest using this lentiviral-based approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-414
Number of pages16
JournalTransgenic Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


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