Strain Name:
STOCK Tg(tetO-HCV)1Mlch/Mmjax
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Gene Information

Promoter: tetOp (Synthetic)
Name: tetracycline operon
Alteration at locus: Transgenic
Monarch Initiative (Disease and Phenotype Associations):
Transgene: Tg(tetO-HCV)1Mlch (Mus musculus (mouse))
Name: transgene insertion 1, Ming-Ling Chang; transgene insertion 1, Ming-Ling Chang
Synonyms: HCV core
Chromosome: unknown
Alteration at locus: Transgenic
Monarch Initiative (Disease and Phenotype Associations): MGI:4360941
Genotype Determination
ES Cell Line
Homozygous: Not evaluated

Hemizygous: To mimic hepatitis C infection in humans, Tg(tetO-HCV)1Mlch hemizygotes are bred to mice expressing the Cebpb-tTA (LaptTA) transgene and maintained on doxycycline through weaning to replicate the timing of hepatitis C infection in humans. Following withdrawal of doxycycline (dox), 50 to 60% of hepatocytes express the HCV core; expression is localized to the cytoplasmic vesicle membrane. HCV-positive hepatocytes are distributed randomly within the liver lobules. Expression is not detected in any of the other tissues tested. Mice do not exhibit significant hepatic inflammation although aminotransferase levels are elevated at one month after dox withdrawal. Hepatic steatosis is observed at two months of age; initially appearing as prominent microvesicular steatosis the pattern evolves to low-level macrovesicular steatosis paralleling the reduction in HCV-core expressing hepatocytes that occurs over time. This mutant mouse strain may be useful in studies of hepatic steatosis and hepatitis C infection.

MeSH Terms
  • Animals
  • Apoptosis
  • Fatty Liver/etiology
  • Female
  • HeLa Cells
  • Hepatitis C/complications
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Viral Core Proteins/physiology
Strain Development
The tetO-HCV transgene contains sequence from hepatitis C virus (HCV) core derived from the plasma of an infected patient and cloned into a vector containing a tetracycline response element (TRE). The construct was microinjected into FVB/N fertilized ova. Founder lines were established and crossed to mice carrying the Tg(Cebpb-tTA)5Bjd (also know as LaptTA) transgene on a mixed NMRI, FVB/N and C57BL/6 background. Upon arrival, the Tg(Cebpb-tTA)5Bjd transgene was bred out of the strain.
Suggested Control Mice
Wild-ype littermates
  • Diabetes/Obesity
  • Metabolism
  • Virology
Robert Farese, Ph.D., Gladstone Institutes
Primary Reference
Chang ML, Chen JC, Yeh CT, Sheen IS, Tai DI, Chang MY, Chiu CT, Lin DY, Bissell DM. Topological and evolutional relationships between HCV core protein and hepatic lipid vesicles: studies in vitro and in conditionally transgenic mice. World J Gastroenterol 2007 Jul 7;13(25):3472-7 (Medline PMID: 17659694)

Colony and Husbandry Information

When maintaining a live colony, mice hemizygous for the transgene may be bred together or to wildtype siblings.
Mice recovered from a cryo-archive will have health surveillance performed on recipient females. Health reports will be provided prior to shipment. If you require additional health status information, please email .

Order Request Information

Limited quantities of breeder mice (recovered litter) are available from a cryoarchive; recovered litter usually available to ship in 3 to 4 months.

TET-System Technology (tetracycline; US 5,814,618; 5,859,310; 7,541,446; 8,383,364 and European Patent EP 0804565)

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MMRRC Item # Description Distribution Fee / Unit (US $) Units Notes
036053-JAX-RESUS Litter recovered from cryo-archive $2,022.00 / Non-Profit Litter Recovered litter1; additional fees for any special requests.

1 The distribution fee covers the expense of resuscitating mice from the cryo-archive; you will receive the resulting litter. The litter will contain at minimum one mutant carrier; the actual number of animals and the gender and genotype ratios will vary. (Typically, multiple breeder pairs can be established from the recovered litter.) Prior to shipment, the MMRRC will provide information about the animals recovered. If you anticipate or find that you need to request specific genotypes, genders or quantities of mice in excess of what is likely from a resuscitated litter, you may discuss available options and pricing with the supplying MMRRC facility.

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