The HLA-A2.1 model was generated by Pharmexa-Epimmune. The model was created by microinjecting a chimeric transgene combining a fragment of the genomic clone of the human HLA-A*0201 gene that included leader sequence, α1 and α2 domains ligated to a fragment of the murine H2-Kb gene containing the α3, transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains. This transgene was microinjected into C57BL/6J zygotes. The resultant mice from Founder Line A*0201 were on an inbred C57BL/6J background. Taconic received stock from Pharmexa-Epimmune in 2008. The line was embryo transfer derived, and the colony is maintained through breeding of homozygous males and females. In the production colony, wild type BALB/cAnNTac females are bred to homozygous males on the C57BL/6J background to produce CB6F1 pups.
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* This reference describes the transgene incorporated into line 9659. Pharmexa-Epimmune remade the line later directly onto B6/J zygotes. This is the mouse line that Taconic offers as Model # 9659.