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Methodology aspects of colony maintain for a murine model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) TDP-43 proteinopathy


Alvaro-Alonso, C and Ferrer-Donato, A and Fernandez-Torres, E and Carballo-Villa, M and Fernandez-Martos, CM, Methodology aspects of colony maintain for a murine model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) TDP-43 proteinopathy, Animals, 10, (12) Article 2329. ISSN 2076-2615 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/ani10122329


The use of genetically engineered mouse (GEMs) models provides an unprecedented opportunity to study the genetic basis of diseases and gene function, therefore it is paramount to determine reproductive parameters that guarantee proper colony maintenance. We studied the reproductive parameters of mice hemizygous for TDP-43A315T transgene, which are viable, fertile, and express a mutant human TAR DNA binding protein (hTDP-43) cDNA harboring an amino acid substitution associated with familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (fALS). TDP43A315T mice were backcrossed to a C57Bl6/J pure background for four consecutive generations. The Tg offspring genotype were then confirmed by PCR assays. Our statistical analysis indicated there were no differences in the sex and number of pups per offspring when hemizygous female and male TDP43A315T mice were backcrossed to C57Bl6/J mice. Interestingly, our results showed significant differences in the number of offspring expressing the transgene when hemizygous TDP43A315T male mice were used as breeders. Therefore, our findings suggest that male TDP43A315T mice transfer the transgene with a greater genetic strengths. Such is an important breeding consideration to ensure the principle of reduction in animal experimentation considering most basic research with models focuses on males and excludes female mice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:genetically engineered mouse (GEMs), TAR DNA binding protein (TDP-43), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agricultural biotechnology
Research Field:Genetically modified animals
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
UTAS Author:Fernandez-Martos, CM (Dr Carmen Fernandez-Martos)
ID Code:143546
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2021-03-24
Last Modified:2021-04-09
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