Sertoli Cells pp 203-228 | Cite as

Testicular Cell Selective Ablation Using Diphtheria Toxin Receptor Transgenic Mice

  • Diane Rebourcet
  • Annalucia Darbey
  • Michael Curley
  • Peter O’Shaughnessy
  • Lee B. SmithEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1748)


Testis development and function is regulated by intricate cell-cell cross talk. Characterization of the mechanisms underpinning this has been derived through a wide variety of approaches including pharmacological manipulation, transgenics, and cell-specific ablation of populations. The removal of all or a proportion of a specific cell type has been achieved through a variety of approaches. In this paper, we detail a combined transgenic and pharmacological approach to ablate the Sertoli or germ cell populations using diphtheria toxin in mice. We describe the key steps in generation, validation, and use of the models and also describe the caveats and cautions necessary. We also provide a detailed description of the methodology applied to characterize testis development and function in models of postnatal Sertoli or germ cell ablation.


Cre/lox Transgenic Diphtheria Sertoli cells Testis Mouse 



We thank Lyndsey Cruickshanks, Nathan Jeffery, Sarah Smith, Laura Milne, Laura O’Hara, Yi Ting Tsai, Rod Mitchell, Mike Millar, Forbes Howie, Mike Dodds, and Ana Monteiro for technical support. The work described in this article was funded by a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Project Grant [BB/J015105/1 to L.B.S., P.O’S.] and a Medical Research Council (MRC) Programme Grant [MR/N002970/1 to L.B.S.].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diane Rebourcet
    • 1
    • 2
  • Annalucia Darbey
    • 1
  • Michael Curley
    • 1
  • Peter O’Shaughnessy
    • 2
  • Lee B. Smith
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, The Queen’s Medical Research InstituteUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative MedicineUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  3. 3.School of Environmental and Life SciencesUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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