Generation and characterization of a novel transgenic mouse harboring conditional nuclear factor-kappa B/RelA knockout alleles

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Background: Nuclear Factor-Kappa B (NF-kB) is a family of transcription factors that are important in embryonic development, inflammation, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and cancer. The 65 kDa RelA subunit is the major transcriptional activator of the NF-kB pathways. Whole-body deficiency of RelA leads to massive apoptosis of liver hepatocytes and death in utero. To study the role of RelA in physiology and in disease states in a manner that circumvents this embryonic lethal phenotype, we have generated a mouse with RelA conditional knockout (CKO) alleles containing loxP sites that are deleted by activated Cre recombinase. Results: We demonstrate that RelACKO/CKO mice are fertile, do not display any developmental defects and can be crossed with Cre-expressing mice to delete RelA in a temporal, tissue-specific manner. Our mating of RelACKO/CKO mice with Zp3-Cre transgenic led to embryonic lethality of RelA-deficient embryos. In contrast, mating of RelACKO/CKO mice with Col1α2-CreER mice allowed for the generation of double transgenics which could be stimulated with tamoxifen to induce fibroblast-specific RelA deletion in adulthood. Conclusions: Based on our collective data, we conclude that this novel RelACKO/CKO mouse allows for efficient deletion of RelA in a tissue-specific manner. This RelACKO/CKO mouse will be an invaluable tool for deciphering the mechanistic roles of RelA in various cells and tissues during development and in disease.

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Ijaz, T., Wakamiya, M., Sun, H., Recinos, A., Tilton, R. G., & Brasier, A. R. (2016). Generation and characterization of a novel transgenic mouse harboring conditional nuclear factor-kappa B/RelA knockout alleles. BMC Developmental Biology, 16(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12861-016-0135-8

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