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Taconic Knockout Repository

Fully-Licensed Knockout Mouse Models

The Taconic Knockout Repository's 4,000+ KO models provide academic and commercial researchers worldwide with unparalleled access to fully licensed, knockout mouse models. Our repository offers the scientific community immediate access to expertly derived, highly valuable research tools that rapidly accelerate translational research and the drug discovery and development processes. Eliminating the time associated with the design and development of these genetically engineered mouse models provides a tremendous competitive advantage.

Find your Knockout Model

The KO Repository models exist as cryopreserved materials. Cohorts can typically be produced and delivered to the customer within 14-16 weeks of order receipt. For most lines, the mouse ES cells used in generating the model are of the 129S5 strain. Models are stored primarily as cryopreserved sperm on a mixed 129S5 x C57BL/6J-Tyrc-Brd background. Models are recovered using cryopreserved sperm and C57BL/6NTac oocyte donors. Some models are stored as cryopreserved embryos and when revitalized will result in a 129S5 x C57BL/6J-Tyrc-Brd background.

For standard orders clients will receive:

  • A minimum of four (4) mutant mice, heterozygous for the selected mutation on a mixed 129S5;B6 background.
  • Validated genotyping protocols
  • Animal health data

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Taconic's existing knockout mouse portfolio largely focuses on knockouts of novel protein targets in gene classes that have historically been amenable to pharmaceutical intervention, or the ‘druggable’ genome. New lines are regularly added to the database, and with the most recent update, Taconic is now offering access to over 4,000 knockout mouse models.

Those models are available from the following gene classes:

The knockout mouse models included in Taconic's substantial portfolio were generated by Lexicon Genetics Incorporated using proprietary embryonic stem (ES) cells bearing a genetically engineered mutation, with concentration on the ‘druggable’ gene classes. Mutant ES cells are obtained through two complementary, proven technologies: Gene Targeting and Gene Trapping.

Gene Targeting

Covered by several issued patents that Taconic has exclusive license to commercialize, this technology enables generation of highly specific alterations in targeted genes. Gene targeting by homologous recombination in mouse ES cells is the most widely used, versatile, and accepted method for the generation of knockout mouse lines.

Targeting vectors are constructed either via the aid of a phage murine 129/SvEv genomic library, or directly via long-range PCR methods. The final targeting vectors typically contain around 10 kilobases of overall sequence homology flanking the deleted region for the gene of interest. An ES cell positive selection cassette, usually containing a LacZ expression marker, is also used in combination with negative selection cassettes in the targeting vector backbones. These technologies, along with the power of using isogenic DNA, allow average targeting frequencies nearly twice that of most reported in the literature. Gene targeting is used to generate approximately half of the existing knockout mouse lines available, as well as the custom generated knockout models.

Gene Trapping

Also covered by several issued patents, gene trapping is a high throughput method of generating knockout mouse clones. It is a method of random mutagenesis by which the insertion of a DNA element into endogenous genes leads to transcriptional disruption. Unlike gene targeting by homologous recombination, a single gene trap vector can be used to mutate thousands of individual genes in mouse ES cells, as well as enable the rapid identification of the mutated genes.

The retroviral gene trap vectors contain a splice acceptor sequence followed by a promoter-less selectable marker. Insertion of the retroviral vector into an expressed gene leads to the splicing of the endogenous upstream exons into this cassette to generate a fusion transcript. The vectors also contain a promoter that is active in ES cells, followed by a first exon (such as that of the Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase gene, BTK) upstream of a splice donor signal. Splicing from this signal to the exons downstream of the insertion gives rise to a fusion transcript that can be used to generate a sequence tag of the trapped gene. The BTK gene also contains termination codons in all reading frames to prevent translation of downstream fusion transcripts.
RepositoryGene TypePricing
KORSimple KOs$20,000$15,000
Basic Phenotype Package: $5,000 (€4,200)

Business TypePrice per Line for Comprehensive Phenotype Data
For Profit (Commercial)$10,000
KOR models are invoiced upon shipment. Once orders are placed, full purchase price will be applied if order is cancelled.

Fees for Taconic Transit Cages and freight are in addition to the price above.
RepositoryGene TypePricing
KORSimple KOs€17,000*€12,750*
Basic Phenotype Package: €4,250

KOR models are invoiced upon shipment. Once orders are placed, full purchase price will be applied if order is cancelled.

Fees for Taconic Transit Cages and freight are in addition to the price above.
Purchasing Taconic Knockout (KO) Repository models and phenotype data packages is as easy as one-two-three:

  1. Search our KO Repository Database
  2. Select the KO Model(s) and your preferred breeding options
  3. Sign the terms of sale (choose from the list below) and email it directly to

Terms of Sale for the Knockout Repository:

Terms of Sale for Phenotypic Data Packages (Basic and Comprehensive)

Click here to view all the Knockout Repository lines.