Science in China Series C: Life Sciences

, Volume 52, Issue 11, pp 1048–1054 | Cite as

Generation of fad2 transgenic mice that produce omega-6 fatty acids

  • Qing Chen
  • Qing Liu
  • ZhiFang Wu
  • ZongYi Wang
  • KeMian GouEmail author


Fatty acid desaturase-2 (FAD2) introduces a double bond in position Δ12 in oleic acid (18:1) to form linoleic acid (18:2 n-6) in higher plants and microbes. A new transgenic expression cassette, containing CMV promoter/fad2 cDNA/SV40 polyA, was constructedto produce transgenic mice. Among 63 healthy offspring, 10 founders (15.9%) integrated the cotton fad2 transgene into their genomes, as demonstrated by PCR and Southern blotting analysis. All founder mice were fertile and heterozygous fad2 female and nontransgenic littermates were used for fatty acid analysis using gas chromatography. One fad2 transgenic line showed substantial differences in the fatty acid profiles and the level of linoleic acid was increased 19% (P<0.05) in transgenic muscles compared to their nontransgenic littermates. Moreover, it exhibited an 87% and a 9% increase (P<0.05) in arachidonic acid (20:4 n-6) in muscles and liver, compared to their nontransgenic littermates. The results indicate that the plant fad2 gene can be functionally expressed in transgenic mice and may playan active role in conversion of oleic acid into linoleic acid.


fatty acid desaturase FAD2 transgenic mouse oleic acid linoleic acid arachidonic acid 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qing Chen
    • 1
  • Qing Liu
    • 2
  • ZhiFang Wu
    • 1
  • ZongYi Wang
    • 3
  • KeMian Gou
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory for AgrobiotechnologyChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Blackmountain LaboratoryCSIRO Plant IndustryCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.College of Animal Science and TechnologyChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina

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