The Gfap-luc mouse was developed by Caliper Life Sciences. The model was created by microinjecting a transgene containing a fragment of the glial fibrillary acidic protein promoter, a human β-globin intron 2 and modified firefly luciferase cDNA from pGL3. This transgene was microinjected into FVB/N zygotes. The resultant mice from founder line 53 were bred to FVB/NTac mice and intracrossed to homozygosity. Taconic received stock from Caliper in 2010. The line was embryo transfer derived. In the production colony, the line is maintained by mating homozygous male and female mice.
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Meningitis infection study: The Gfap-luc transgene was induced to express luciferase in the brain (Figure 2) and the lumbar spine (Figure 3) of mice infected with Streptococcus pneumonia.