MUP-tTA Mouse Model for Liver Function Studies


Tetracycline-responsive transcriptional activator driven by the liver-specific mouse major urinary protein promoter (MUP-tTA).

The E. Coli tetracycline operon regulatory system was used to generate a liver-specific transcription activation system that was inhibited by tetracycline. The transcription activator was a fused protein consisting of a tetracycline repressor gene (tetR) that was only active in the presence of tetracycline and a herpes simplex virus protein (VP-16) transcription activating domain (Tet-Off). Transcription was induced only in the absence of tetracycline (Tet-Off). A liver-specific promoter such as the mouse major urinary protein (MUP) promoter determined that the tetracycline-regulated transcriptional activator (tTA) would be expressed specifically in liver. To study the effect of the transcription activator on a target gene (for example, beta-galactosidase, LacZ) specifically in liver, MUP-tTA mice would be mated with transgenic mice in which the TAg Target gene was controlled by the E.Coli Tetracycline Operator (Tet-O). The Tet technology may require a separate license.

Potential Commercial Applications: Competitive Advantages:
Mouse model to study liver function. 


Development Stage:
Pre-clinical

Inventors:

Tsanyang (Jake) Liang (NIDDK)  ➽ more inventions...


Intellectual Property:
Research Tool — Patent protection is not being pursued for this technology.

Publications:
Manickan E, et al. PMID 11278564

Licensing Contact:
Vladimir Knezevic, M.D.
Email: vlado.knezevic@nih.gov
Phone: 301.443.5560

OTT Reference No: E-126-2012-0
Updated: Apr 17, 2017