The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Targeted somatic mutagenesis in mouse epidermis.

Gene targeting in the mouse is a powerful tool to study mammalian gene function. The possibility to efficiently introduce somatic mutations in a given gene, at a chosen time and/or in a given cell type will further improve such studies, and will facilitate the generation of animal models for human diseases. To create targeted somatic mutations in the epidermis, we established transgenic mice expressing the bacteriophage P1 Cre recombinase or the tamoxifen-dependent Cre-ER(T2) recombinase under the control of the human keratin 14 ( K14) promoter. We show that LoxP flanked (floxed) DNA segments were efficiently excised in epidermal keratinocytes of K14-Cre transgenic mice. Furthermore, Tamoxifen administration to adult K14-Cre-ER(T2) mice efficiently induced recombination in the basal keratinocytes, whereas no background recombination was detected in the absence of ligand treatment. These two transgenic lines should be very useful to analyse the functional role of a number of genes expressed in keratinocytes.[1]


  1. Targeted somatic mutagenesis in mouse epidermis. Indra, A.K., Li, M., Brocard, J., Warot, X., Bornert, J.M., Gérard, C., Messaddeq, N., Chambon, P., Metzger, D. Horm. Res. (2000) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities