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B-hBTLA mice

2017-05-09 17:39:40.0

Strain description


Strain NameC57BL/6-Btlatm1(hBTLA)/BcgenCommon NameB-hBTLA mice
BackgroundC57BL/6Catalog numberB-CM-018
Catalog number (Males)BCM018MCatalog number (Females)BCM018F
Related GenesBtla (B and T lymphoc yte associated)


Gene description

BTLA (B and T lymphocyte associated) is a B cell and T cell attenuator, another checkpoint negative regulator of the Ig superfamily. It is structurally similar to CTLA-4 and PD-1, and is expressed in B cells, T cells, NK cells, dendritic cells and macrophages. BTLA binds to its ligand HVEM (a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily) to transmit a co-inhibition signal. BTLA plays a negative regulatory role in the body's anti-tumor immune response, and is associated with the immune escape mechanism of the tumor. BTLA inhibitors enhance the TCR signaling pathway and restore T cell function, and become potential novel targets for tumor biotherapy.


Targeting strategy


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mRNA expression analysis

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Fig 1. RT-PCR analysis of BTLA gene.

The hBTLA, but not mBTLA, mRNA was detected in splenocytes of the homozygous B-hBTLA mice.




Protein expression analysis

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Fig 2. Splenocytes from both wild type (WT) C57BL/6 and the B-hBTLA homozygous mice were analyzed by flow cytometry. 

Mouse BTLA+ B cells were detected in the WT mice, while human BTLA+ B cells were detected in the homozygous B-hBTLA  mice.











BTLA Abs efficacy evaluation

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Fig 3. Murine colon cancer MC38-hHVEM cells were subcutaneously implanted into homozygous B-hBTLA mice. Mice were grouped when the tumor size was approximately 150±50mm3 (n=6). Two human BTLA antibodies inhibited tumor growth differently, confirming that the B-hBTLA mouse model is a powerful tool for in vivo BTLA antibody pharmacological efficacy studies. (A) Tumor average volume ± SEM, (B) Mice average weight ± SEM.




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