Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.321, No.2, 275-279, 2004
Lineage-specific cell disruption in living mice by Cre-mediated expression of diphtheria toxin A chain
We have established a transgenic mouse line in which foxed neomycin resistant cassette was inserted between the CA G promoter and EGFP. When these transgenic mice were mated with Cre-expressing transgenic animals, the offspring obtained were fluorescent green. We then established a transgenic mouse line in which EGFP in the above construct was replaced by diphtheria toxin A chain (DT). When the latter transgenic mice were mated with mice expressing Cre restricted to germ cells, we obtained healthy but sterile offspring due to a disruption of germ line cells by DT expression. We predict that this strategy will be useful for the construction of new animal models for human diseases, featuring a variety of missing cell lineages produced by disruption with DT. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.