Homozygous: flexed tail homozygotes can be identified hematologically as early as embryonic day 13 and are detectably paler than normal by embryonic day 16, with most paler than normal by embryonic day 15. Homozygotes are small at birth and have a transitory siderocytic hypochromic anemia due to defective heme synthesis in fetal but not adult reticulocytes. Fetal erythrocytes have more alpha hemoglobin synthesis than beta hemoglobin synthesis. Very high numbers of siderocytes are found at birth and this decreases during the first few weeks of life and stabilizes at approximately 3 weeks of age with 3% siderocytes, significantly higher than in wild-type adults. Most homozygotes have a belly spot and 1 to 5 flexures in the tail due to vertebral fusions. Vertebral fusions are also found elsewhere in the vertebral column. Fewer than expected homozygotes are generated indicating prenatal death and the postnatal death rate is approximately 4 times normal. A small minority of homozygotes have been found to have embryonic neural tube defects or a dorsal enlargement of the head.
Heterozygous: no observed phenotype
Kamenoff RJ Effects of the flexed-tailed gene on the development of the house mouse. J Morphol 1935 58 117-155
Fleming MD, Campagna DR, Haslett JN, Trenor CC 3rd, Andrews NC. A mutation in a mitochondrial transmembrane protein is responsible for the pleiotropic hematological and skeletal phenotype of flexed-tail (f/f) mice. Genes Dev. 2001 Mar 15;15(6):652-7. (Medline PMID: 11274051).
Hegde S, Lenox LE, Lariviere A, Porayette P, Perry JM, Yon M, Paulson RF. An intronic sequence mutated in flexed-tail mice regulates splicing of Smad5. Mamm Genome. 2007 Dec;18(12):852-60. Epub 2007 Nov 30. (Medline PMID: 18060457).
(see phenotype description above)
Backcross/intercross scheme. Homozygous mutants are backcrossed to 129S6 to generate the next (N) obligate hets, then intercrossed to create Sfxn1-/Sfxn1- N(x)F1's.
|Viability and Fertility:||Female||Male||Comments|
|Homozygotes are viable:||Reduced||Reduced|
|Homozygotes are fertile:||Yes||Yes|
|Heterozygotes are fertile:||Yes||Yes|
|Age Reproductive Decline:||6 months||12 months|
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|036656-JAX-SPERM||Cryo-preserved spermatozoa||$437.00 / Non-Profit||Aliquot||Approximate quantity2|
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