B-Foxp3-EGFP-DTR-Luc mice

Basic Information

Strain Name
C57BL/6-Foxp3tm1(EGFP/DTR/ Luc)Bcgen/Bcgen
Stock Number
112682
Common Name
B-Foxp3-EGFP-DTR-Luc mice
Gene symbol and name
Foxp3, forkhead box P3
Background
C57BL/6N
NCBI Gene ID
Coat color
Black
Application
B-Foxp3-EGFP-DTR-Luc mice may be useful for regulatory T cell visualizing and ablation.
Development

A construct composed of the cDNAs for enhanced GFP (eGFP), the human DTR, and luciferase was inserted at the stop codon of the foxp3 gene. The coding sequences were separated by a self-cleaving 2A peptide sequence. These mice were maintained on a C57BL/6N background.

Description

Homozygous mice for the targeted mutation are viable, fertile, normal in size and do not display any gross physical or behavioral abnormalities.

Gene editing strategy

Analysis of spleen leukocyte subpopulations by FACS

Splenocytes were isolated from male B-Foxp3-EGFP-DTR-Luc mice (n=3, 7-month-old) injected with PBS or DT (30ng/ per body weight) for two consecutive days. Flow cytometry analysis of the splenocytes was performed to assess leukocyte subpopulations.

Analysis of lymph node leukocyte subpopulations by FACS

Lymph node were isolated from male B-Foxp3-EGFP-DTR-Luc mice (n=3, 7-month-old) injected with PBS or DT (30ng/ per body weight) for two consecutive days. Flow cytometry analysis was performed to assess leukocyte subpopulations.

Analysis of EGFP expression in spleen of B-Fxop3-EGFP-DTR-Luc mice by FACS

Splenocytes were isolated from B-Foxp3-EGFP-DTR-Luc mice mice(n=3, 7-month-old) injected with PBS or DT (30ng/per body weight) for two consecutive days. Flow cytometry analysis was performed to assess EGFP expression.

BLI analysis of homozygous B-Foxp3-EGFP-DTR-Luc mice after DT injection

Homozygous B-Foxp3-EGFP-DTR-Luc mice i.p. injected with PBS (n=3) or DT (n=3) for two consecutive days were anaesthetized for the bioluminescence imaging.  Mice were imaged 10min after i.p. injection of 150mg/kg D-Lucifenrin potassium salt using IVIS Lumina LT Inst Series III imaging system.

The ratio of Treg cells in homozygous B-Foxp3-EGFP-DTR-Luc mice is comparable with that in wild type mice; EGFP was exclusively detectable in CD4+; CD25+ populations from Foxp3-EGFP-DTR-Luc mice and could be as a marker for Treg cells in vivo; besides Bioluminescence imaging could also be used for tracing Tregs cells; After DT injection, Treg cells showed dramatically decreased at EGFP,  Foxp3 and bioluminescence imaging levels.

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