The Pxr-Car Knockout mouse was developed by Taconic in collaboration with CXR Biosciences. The double knockout model was generated by crossing each humanized single gene mouse line with a PhiC31 deleter mouse. The two single knockout lines were then crossed together. The Humanized PXR Mouse model was created through a knock in of a human PXR cDNA/genomic construct onto the ATG of murine PXR in C57BL/6NTac-derived ES cells. The Humanized CAR Mouse model was created through a knock in of a human CAR construct containing the genomic sequence from the translational start site on exon 2 to exon 9 onto the ATG of murine CAR in C57BL/6NTac-derived ES cells. In both cases targeted ES cells were injected into BALB/cJBomTac blastocysts and the resultant chimeras were backcrossed to a Flpe deleter strain on C57BL/6J to eliminate selection markers. The Pxr Knockout Mouse model was derived from the Humanized PXR Mouse line through a PhiC31-mediated deletion of the human PXR sequence. Mouse exon 2, carrying the translational start site, is deleted in the knockout, while mouse exon 1 and exons 3-9 are still present. A splice acceptor polyA motif included in the targeting vector causes splicing of exon 1 to a polyA motif and thereby terminates the transcription. The absence of PXR protein was proven experimentally. The Car Knockout Mouse model was derived from the Humanized CAR Mouse line through a PhiC31-mediated deletion of the human CAR sequence. This deletes all exons coding for functional domains of CAR (exon 3-9). The absence of CAR protein was proven experimentally. The Pxr-Car Knockout Mouse line was obtained by crossing the single knockout mouse lines for both receptors. Taconic received stock in 2008, and the line was embryo transfer derived. The colony is maintained by mating double homozygotes.
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