- Mouse model of Scleroderma
- Means of studying bone morphogenesis and cardiovascular tissue generation
- Means of studying the role of SMAD7 in immune regulation
SMAD7 conditional knockout mice are available for licensing. SMAD7 can be knocked out by breeding with CRE-recombinase transgenic mice with a variety of promoters to yield tissue or cell type-specific deletions of SMAD7. SMAD7 has been shown to play a role in bone morphogenesis, cardiovascular tissue generation, immune regulation and fibrosis. Therefore, these mice provide a unique model to examine the role of the SMAD7 gene in disease processes that involve immunological, fibrotic, or cardiovascular components. Specifically, these mice may represent a novel model of Scleroderma, a disease with both an immunological and fibrotic component.