Generation of an Msx2-GFP conditional null allele

Vardina Bensoussan, Yvan Lallemand, Julie Moreau, Cécile Saint Cloment, Francina Langa, Benoît Robert

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Msx1 and Msx2, two members of the Msx gene family, encode homeoprotein transcription factors and play critical roles during mouse development. Because of the redundancy between the two genes, many of these roles can only be studied in double Msx1; Msx2 mutants. However, these animals die around 14.5 dpc, which precludes analysis of Msx gene function beyond this stage. Moreover, the pleiotropic defects displayed by these embryos make phenotypic analysis difficult. To overcome these restrictions and study the double Msx mutant phenotype at later stages, we generated an Msx2 conditional null allele using Cre/loxP technology, the strategy consisted of flanking the Msx2 gene coding sequence with two loxP sites. In addition, a green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter gene was placed under Msx2 regulatory sequences in the modified locus. Our results demonstrate that the Msx2-GFP conditional allele behaves as a normal one, whereas Cremediated recombination creates an Msx2 null allele. With either allele, expression patterns of the GFP reporter gene and the Msx2 endogenous gene are identical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-282
Number of pages7
Journalgenesis: The Journal of Genetics and Development
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Conditional inactivation
  • Cre-loxP
  • Gene targeting
  • GFP
  • Msx2

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