A 191-kb genomic fragment containing the human α-globin locus can rescue α-thalassemic mice

A 191-kb genomic fragment containing the human α-globin locus can rescue α-thalassemic mice A 191-kb human bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) containing the human α-globin genomic locus was used to generate transgenic mice that express, exclusively, human α-globin (huα-globin). Expression of huα-globin reaches a level of 36% of that of endogenous mouse α-globin (muα-globin) on a heterozygous mouse α-thalassemia background (muα-globin knockout, muα+/−). Hemizygous transgenic mice carrying the huα-globin locus on a heterozygous knockout background (huα+/0, muα++/−−) demonstrated complementation of most hematologic parameters. By crossing huα+/0, muα++/−− mice, we were able to generate mice entirely dependent on huα-globin synthesis. Breeding and fluorescent in situ hybridization studies demonstrate that only mice homozygous for the transgene were able to rescue embryonic lethal homozygous muα-globin knockout embryos (muα−−/−−). Adult rescued mice produce hemoglobin at levels similar to wild-type mice, with partial red cell complementation based on mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH), and red cell distribution width (RDW) measurements. Significant erythrocythemia above wild-type levels seems to be the main compensatory mechanism for the normalization of the hemoglobin levels in the rescued animals. Our studies demonstrate that the huα-globin locus in the 191-kb transgene contains all the necessary elements for the regulated expression of huα-globin in transgenic mice. This animal model should be valuable for studying the mechanisms regulating huα-globin production and for development of therapeutic strategies for β-thalassemia based on downregulation of α-globin expression. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mammalian Genome Springer Journals

A 191-kb genomic fragment containing the human α-globin locus can rescue α-thalassemic mice

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Springer-Verlag
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Copyright © 2005 by Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Life Sciences; Anatomy; Cell Biology; Zoology
ISSN
0938-8990
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1432-1777
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00335-005-0089-9
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