Abb Knockout/Transgenic HLA-DR4

Constitutive Knockout / Random Transgenic

Abb Knockout/Transgenic HLA-DR4 Constitutive Knockout/Random Transgenic Mouse Model
This model is impacted by a newly discovered spontaneous mutation in the Thyroglobulin (Tg) gene. It will be removed over time through selective breeding. See the Fact Sheet for more information.

C57BL/6 Background

  • Model #
  • Genotype
  • Nomenclature
  • 4149-F
    B6.129S2-H2-Ab1tm1Gru Tg(HLA-DRA/H2-Ea,HLA-DRB1*0401/H2-Eb)1Kito
  • 4149-M
    B6.129S2-H2-Ab1tm1Gru Tg(HLA-DRA/H2-Ea,HLA-DRB1*0401/H2-Eb)1Kito
The HLA-DR4 allele is associated with the development of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In an attempt to provide a mouse model for these diseases, a hybrid MHC class II molecule between the peptide binding domains of human HLA-DRA and HLA-DRB*0401 and the membrane proximal domains of mouse I-E (H2-E) was engineered and co-injected into C57BL/6 fertilized eggs. The transgenic offspring were bred to a mouse incapable of expressing other MHC class II molecules (Abb knockout on B6 background). By preserving the alpha 2 and beta 2 domains of mouse MHC class II, interactions with CD4 co-receptors on T cells was preserved. This mouse is healthy and breeds normally. Immunization with a peptide from a proteolipid protein known to bind to HLA-DR4, provoked a strong T cell proliferative response, caused inflammatory lesions in CNS white matter, and symptoms of experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE).

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Genetic Background:

C57BL/6 Background


The antigen-binding domains of HLA-DRA and HLA-DRB1*0401 (representative of the DR4 supertype) were attached to the membrane-proximal domains of I-Ed alpha and I-Ed beta (H2-E), respectively, by replacing exon 2 of the mouse genes with exon 2 of the human genes. These constructs were then microinjected into C57BL/6 fertilized eggs. Transgenic founders were then crossed to MHC class II deficient mice: the GenPharm C2d line, now known as the Taconic Transgenic Model B6.129-H2-Ab1tm1Gru, which has the I-A beta gene inactivated by gene targeting in 129S2-derived ES cells and the unexpressed I-E alpha allele found in the C57BL/6 haplotype. Mice expressing HLA-DR and not endogenous I-E beta were selected to create the line (J18). The chimeric molecules were shown to have the same peptide binding specificity as HLA-DRB1*0401 molecules. The line was received at Taconic for the NIAID repository in 1998 and rederived via embryo transfer.





Initial Publication:

  • Ito K, Bian HJ, Molina M, Han J, Magram J, Saar E, Belunis C, Bolin DR, Arceo R, Campbell R, Falcioni F, Vidovic D, Hammer J, Nagy ZA: HLA-DR4-IE chimeric class II transgenic, murine class II-deficient mice are susceptible to experimental allergic encephalomyelitis. J Exp Med 1996 Jun 1;183(6):2635-44.
  • Grusby MJ, Johnson RS, Papaioannou VE, Glimcher LH. (1991) Depletion of CD4+ T-Cells in Major Histocompatibility Complex Class II - Deficient Mice. Science, 253(5026):1417-1420.

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