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Am J Pathol. 2001 Jan;158(1):41-7.

Leukocytes expressing green fluorescent protein as novel reagents for adoptive cell transfer and bone marrow transplantation studies.

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Department of Immunology, Schering-Plough Research Institute, Kenilworth, NJ 07033, USA.


Transgenic mice expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) were generated to provide a source of labeled leukocytes for cell transfer studies. The transgene comprises the GFP coding region under the transcriptional control of the chicken ss-actin promoter and human cytomegalovirus enhancer. Mice expressing this GFP transgene were generated in the B6D2 and in the 129SvEv backgrounds. Flow cytometric analysis of cells from the blood, spleen, and bone marrow of these transgenic mice revealed that most leukocytes, including dendritic cells and memory T cells, express GFP. In allogeneic cell transfers, donor GFP+ splenocytes were detected in the spleen and mesenteric lymph nodes of recipient mice within 2 hours after transfer and for at least 9 days thereafter. In syngeneic experiments using 129-derived GFP+ donor splenocytes, donor cells were detected in multiple tissues of 129 recipients from 2 hours to 3 weeks after transfer. In bone-marrow transplantation experiments using irradiated allogeneic recipients, the percent of GFP+ donor cells in recipients at 3 weeks was comparable to that seen in similar tissues of GFP+ donor mice. These data demonstrate that GFP+ transgenic mice provide a ready source of GFP-expressing primary cells that can be easily monitored after their transfer to recipient animals.

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