Generation of Transgenic Mice for Cardiovascular Research
The transgenic mouse technology is a powerful tool that can be used for creating animal models for cardiovascular disease to identify molecular pathogenic mechanisms and for identifying the physiological functions of a novel gene. A transgenic animal can be generated by several methods, which include microinjection of a DNA fragment into the pronucleus, embryonic stem cell manipulation and injection, sperm-mediated transgenesis, and viral infection of preimplanted embryos. The microinjection method is one of the most widely used approaches. This method involves four steps: (1) collection of fertilized eggs from the superovulated female, (2) injection of DNA into the pronucleus of fertilized eggs, (3) transfer of the injected eggs back into the oviduct of a pseudopregnant foster recipient, allowing the eggs to develop into pups, and (4) identification of the transgenic founder and establishment of transgenic lines through further breeding.
Key WordsTransgene cardiovascular disease animal model fertilized egg foster superovulation pronucleus breeding pseudopregnant
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