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Carries an EGFP transgene driven by the human Tyrosine Hydroxylase (hTH) promoter.
High level specific EGFP expression observed in dopaminergic neurons in brain structures such as, substantia nigra, ventral tegmental area, striatum, olfactory bulb, and hypothalamus, with minimal ectopic expression elsewhere in the brain.
Dopamine neurons are susceptible to damage/loss in Parkinson's disease and therefore this rat can be used as a tool to study damage/loss of dopamine neurons, e.g., after MPTP or 6-OHDA treatment.
Useful for in vivo anatomical visualization and micro-dissection of rat midbrain structures and axonal projections. High EGFP expression permits fluorescence imaging of brain slices.
Useful for FACS purification and in vitro culture of dopamine neurons for studies of disease pathogenesis in culture.
Since EGFP is more easily detected than TH immunostaining at early developmental stages, this rat may be particularly useful for early embryonic studies of the development of dopamine neurons.
The hTH-GFP transgene is located on the X chromosome. Thus a mating format of hemizygous female by SD male is used. Other mating formats are not recommended.
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Origin: The hTH-GFP rat was developed in collaboration between The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Thomas Jefferson University, and Taconic. DNA fragments including 10.794 kb of the distal hTH promoter and 1.168 kb of proximal hTH promoter were ligated and placed upstream of the GFP reporter gene to create the hTH-GFP construct. The model was created through pronuclear injection of the hTH-GFP construct into NTac:SD zygotes. Founder line 12141 was bred to NTac:SD. The colony is maintained by mating transgenic females with SD:NTac males.
Source: Model Sponsor: The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Iacovitti L, Wei X, Cai J, Kostuk EW, Lin R, Gorodinsky A, Roman P, Kusek G, Das SS, Dufour A, Dave KD. (2013) The hTH-GFP Rat: A Novel Model for the Study of Parkinson's Disease; poster 329.12/I11
presented at the society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2013, San Diego, CA.