Removal of this mouse colony is imminent. If live mice are needed for your studies, it is advised that they be ordered immediately. After removal, the mice will be available from a cryorecovery.
These floxed mutant mice possess loxP sites flanking exon 8 of the MAD homolog 4 (Smad4) gene. This strain may be useful for studying cell proliferation and tumor suppression.
Chuxia Deng, University of Macau
These Smad4Co floxed mutant mice possess loxP sites flanking exon 8 of the MAD homolog 4 (Smad4) gene. Mice that are homozygous for this allele are viable, fertile, normal in size and do not display any gross physical or behavioral abnormalities. SMAD4 is a member of a family of intracellular signaling mediators and plays a role as a tumor suppressor. SMAD4 is involved in growth control and transcriptional regulation during development by transmitting signals from the cell surface to the nucleus via the transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) and bone morphogenic protein (BMP) signaling system. When these mutant mice are bred to mice expressing Cre recombinase, resulting offspring will have exon 8 deleted in cre-expressing tissues. This strain may be useful for studying cell proliferation and tumor suppression. For example, when crossed to a strain expressing Cre recombinase in the pancreas, this mutant mouse strain may be useful in studies of pancreas ductal abnormalities and carcinoma.
For example, when bred to B6;SJL-Tg(Krt1-15-cre/PGR)22Cot/J mice (Stock No. 005249) expressing RU486 inducible Cre recombinase in epithelial stem cells in the bulge region of the hair follicle, offspring develop hair loss and enlarged sebaceous glands.
The Smad4Co targeting vector was designed to insert a loxP site upstream of exon 8, and a loxP-flanked neomycin (neo) resistance cassette downstream of exon 8 of the MAD homolog 4 (Smad4) gene. This construct was injected into 129S6/SvEvTac-derived TC1 embryonic stem (ES) cells. Correctly targeted ES cells were injected into C57BL/6 blastocysts and resulting chimeric males were bred with Black Swiss females. The resulting offspring were bred to Tg(EIIa-cre)C5379Lmgd mice to delete the floxed-neo cassette. Offspring contained multiple gene rearrangments; intact floxed-exon 8, intact floxed-neo cassette, or removal of exons 8 and the neo cassette. Mice containing the floxed-exon were maintained on a mixed background. Upon arrival at The Jackson Laboratory, mice were bred to C57BL/6J inbred mice (Stock No. 000664) for at least one generation.
|Allele Name||targeted mutation 2.1, Chu-Xia Deng|
|Allele Type||Targeted (Conditional ready (e.g. floxed), No functional change)|
|Allele Synonym(s)||Smadflox; Smad4Co; Smad4fl; Smad4flox; Smad4fx(exon8); Smad4loxp|
|Gene Symbol and Name||Smad4, SMAD family member 4|
|Strain of Origin||129S6/SvEvTac|
|Molecular Note||Exon 8 was left flanked by single loxP sites after the floxed neo cassette was excised by the in vivo expression of cre recombinase.|
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Chuxia Deng, University of Macau
When maintaining a live colony, homozygous mice may be bred together.
When using the Smad4Co mouse strain in a publication, please cite the originating article(s) and include JAX stock #017462 in your Materials and Methods section.