Name: transgene insertion 85, David R Borchelt
Alteration at locus: Transgenic
ES Cell Line:
Homozygous phenotype: Not evaluated
Hemizygous phenotype: Double transgenic mice express a chimeric mouse/human amyloid precursor protein (Mo/HuAPP695swe) and a mutant human presenilin 1 (PS1-dE9) both directed to CNS neurons. Both mutations are associated with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The "humanized" Mo/HuAPP695swe transgene allows the mice to secrete a human A-beta peptide. Both the transgenic peptide and holoprotein can be detected by antibodies specific for human sequence within this region (Signet Laboratories' monoclonal 6E10 antibody). The included Swedish mutations (K595N/M596L) elevate the amount of A-beta produced from the transgene by favoring processing through the beta-secretase pathway. This "humanized" Mo/HuAPP695swe protein is immunodetected in whole brain protein homogenates. The transgenic mutant human presenilin protein (PS1-dE9), which in high levels displaces detectable endogenous mouse protein, is also immunodetected in whole brain protein homogenates. The donating investigator reports that transgenic mice develop beta-amyloid deposits in brain by six to seven months of age. These animals also display a slight alteration in their tail phenotype that is believed to be due to the mixed genetic background of the strain and is not related to transgene expression. Hemizygous mice on the C57BL/6 background (N9B6) exhibit a high incidence of seizures, as detected by video-EEG. 25% of transgenic mice, 3 to 3.5 months in age, exhibit at least 1 seizure. By 4.5 months of age, seizure incidence increases to 55%. 10-15% mortality is reported for transgenic mice on the congenic (N9) C57BL/6 background (Minkeviciene et al. J Neurosci. 2009). Hemizygous mice, on the congenic C57BL/6J background (N13), 17-18 weeks in age, exhibit epileptiform discharges as detected by video-EEG. Mortality was 38% (6/16) and some mutant mice experienced spontaneous seizures during the experiments. Antiepileptic drugs (carbamazepine, phenytoin, valproate) reduce the frequency of spontaneous electrographic epileptiform discharges (Ziyatdinova et al. Epilepsy Res 2011). These mice may be useful in studies of neurological disorders of the brain, specifically Alzheimer's disease, amyloid plaque formation, and aging.
Strain of Origin: C3B6
Strain genetic background: B6.Cg
Strain Development: Two expression plasmids (Mo/HuAPP695swe and PS1-dE9) were designed to each be controlled by independent mouse prion protein (PrP) promoter elements, directing transgene expression predominantly to CNS neurons. The Mo/HuAPP695swe transgene expresses a "humanized" mouse amyloid beta (A4) precursor protein gene modified at three amino acids to reflect the human residues and further modified to contain the K595N/M596L mutations linked to familial Alzheimers. The PS1-dE9 transgene expresses a mutant human presenilin 1 carrying the exon-9-deleted variant (PSEN1dE9) associated with familial Alzheimer's disease. These constructs were coinjected into B6C3HF2 pronuclei and insertion of the transgenes occured at a single locus. Founder line 85 was obtained and the resulting colony was maintained as a hemizygote by crossing transgenic mice to B6C3F1/J mice. Transgenic mice were then backcrossed to C57BL/6J for at least 8 generations.
Suggested Control Mice: Wild-ype littermates
Donor: David Borchelt, Ph.D., McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida
Jankowsky JL; Slunt HH; Ratovitski T; Jenkins NA; Copeland NG; Borchelt DR, Co-expression of multiple transgenes in mouse CNS: a comparison of strategies., Biomol Eng 2001 Jun;17(6):157-65 (Medline PMID: 11337275)
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