alexa Transgenic mouse models for studying mutations in vivo: applications in aging research.


Journal of Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesis

Author(s): Vijg J, Doll ME, Martus HJ, Boerrigter ME

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Abstract To study mutation accumulation in the DNA of somatic cells and tissues during aging in vivo, a transgenic mouse model has been constructed. The model harbors plasmid vectors, containing the lacZ reporter gene, integrated head to tail at various chromosomal locations. Procedures have been worked out to efficiently recovery the plasmids into E. coli host cells. A positive selection system, permitting only E. coli cells with a lacZ mutated plasmid to grow, allows for the accurate determination of mutation frequencies as the ratio of mutant colonies versus the total number of transformants, i.e., the total number of plasmid copies recovered. Results obtained from a life span study of plasmid mice with vector clusters on chromosome 3 and 4 indicated age-related mutation accumulation in the liver, but not in the brain. Comparison of the mutational spectra revealed a significantly larger proportion of large size-change mutations in liver than in brain.
This article was published in Mech Ageing Dev and referenced in Journal of Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesis

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