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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Mice transgenic for the human CGM6 gene express its product, the granulocyte marker CD66b, exclusively in granulocytes.

The nonspecific cross-reacting antigen-95 (NCA-95/CD66b), is a member of the human carcinoembryonic antigen ( CEA) family encoded by the CGM6 gene that is exclusively expressed in neutrophils and eosinophils. No murine counter-part is known to exist. We have analyzed a cosmid containing the complete CGM6 gene. The coding sequence is contained within six exons spanning a 16.5 kb region. The main transcriptional start site was mapped to a tight cluster between nucleotides -95 and -101 relative to the translational start site. As with other members of the CEA gene family, no typical TATA or CAAT-box sequences were found in the CGM6 gene. Transgenic mice were established with the cosmid insert. CD66b expression is first seen in the fetal liver on day 12.5 of mouse embryonic development, and it first appears in the bone marrow at day 17. 5. Northern blot analysis showed that CD66b transcripts are confined to the bone marrow of adult mice, whereas immunohistochemistry also showed CD66b-positive granulocytes in the spleen, thymus, and lungs. FACScan analyses of bone marrow and spleen cells showed CD66b expression to be exclusive to granulocytes. Thus, all the elements necessary for regulating granulocyte-specific expression are present within this cosmid clone. These mice could provide a model for transplantation and for inflammation studies using CD66b as a granulocyte-specific marker.[1]


  1. Mice transgenic for the human CGM6 gene express its product, the granulocyte marker CD66b, exclusively in granulocytes. Eades-Perner, A.M., Thompson, J., van der Putten, H., Zimmermann, W. Blood (1998) [Pubmed]
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