B-Tnfrsf11a (RANK)-iCre Mice

Basic Information

Strain Name
C57BL/6-Tnfrsf11a tm1(iCre) /Bcgen
Stock Number
Common Name
B-Tnfrsf11a (RANK)-iCre mice
Bcgen (Beijing Biocytogen Co., Ltd)
Related Genes
Tnfrsf11a (tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily, member 11a, NF- κB activator); OFE; ODFR; Rank; Ly109; mRANK; TRANCE-R
Tnfrsf11a iCre (wt/mut)
A F2A-iCre sequence cassette was placed between the coding sequence of exon 10 and 3’UTR of the Tnfrsf11a gene in C57BL/6 ES cells. This strain was maintained on a C57BL/6 genetic background.


The Tnfrsf11a gene encodes receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappa B (RANK), maps to the same region of chromosome 18 as familial expansile osteolysis. In this strain, Cre recombinase expression is under the control of Tnfrsf11a promoter. When crossed with a strain containing a loxP site-flanked sequence of interest, Cre-mediated recombination results in deletion of the flanked sequence in Tnfrsf11a expressing cells.

Targeting Strategy


Genotyping Information

Primer Sequence (5’-3’) Tm
Product size
Tnfrsf11a iCre primer 1 CCTGTGCAGGAGGAGACGCT 62 WT: 281
Tnfrsf11a iCre primer 2 GAGGTGCACAGTGGCTAGCT 60
Tnfrsf11a iCre primer 1 CCTGTGCAGGAGGAGACGCT 62 Mut: 317
Tnfrsf11a iCre primer 3 TGGTGCACAGTCAGCAGGTTG 61

Polymerase: Taq







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