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Cerebellar granule cell-specific and inducible expression of Cre recombinase in the mouse.

To develop a cell type-specific and temporal regulation system of gene targeting in the cerebellum, we used the NMDA-type glutamate receptor GluRepsilon3 subunit gene and Cre recombinase-progesterone receptor fusion (CrePR) gene in combination. Injection of the CrePR gene placed under the control of the 10 kb 5' region of the GluRepsilon3 gene into C57BL/6 eggs yielded the ECP25 line that strongly expressed the CrePR mRNA selectively in the granule cells of the cerebellum. Using a transgenic mouse carrying a reporter gene for Cre-mediated recombination, we showed that antiprogestins could induce the recombinase activity of CrePR protein in the cerebellar granule cells of the ECP25 line. Thus, the established mouse line will provide a valuable tool to investigate the mechanism of cerebellar function by manipulating molecules in the temporally regulated and granule cell-specific manner.[1]


  1. Cerebellar granule cell-specific and inducible expression of Cre recombinase in the mouse. Tsujita, M., Mori, H., Watanabe, M., Suzuki, M., Miyazaki, J., Mishina, M. J. Neurosci. (1999) [Pubmed]
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