Lineage Tracing of Mammary Stem and Progenitor Cells

  • Anoeska A. A. van de Moosdijk
  • Nai Yang Fu
  • Anne C. Rios
  • Jane E. Visvader
  • Renée van Amerongen
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1501)


Lineage tracing analysis allows mammary epithelial cells to be tracked in their natural environment, thereby revealing cell fate and proliferation choices in the intact tissue. This technique is particularly informative for studying how stem cells build and maintain the mammary epithelium during development and pregnancy. Here we describe two experimental systems based on Cre/loxP technology (CreERT2/loxP and rtTA/tetO-Cre/loxP), which allow the inducible, permanent labeling of mammary epithelial cells following the administration of either tamoxifen or doxycycline.

Key words

Mouse Mammary gland Lineage tracing Cre CreERT2 loxP rtTA tetO Tamoxifen Doxycycline 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anoeska A. A. van de Moosdijk
    • 1
  • Nai Yang Fu
    • 2
    • 3
  • Anne C. Rios
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jane E. Visvader
    • 2
    • 3
  • Renée van Amerongen
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Molecular Cytology and Van Leeuwenhoek Centre for Advanced MicroscopySwammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Universityof AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical ResearchParkvilleAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Medical BiologyUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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