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Biochem Cell Biol. 1992 Oct-Nov;70(10-11):1097-104.

Factors affecting cellular mosaicism in the expression of a lacZ transgene in two-cell stage mouse embryos.

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Institut du cancer de Montréal, Qué., Canada.


In the present study, we have analysed the expression pattern of a lacZ transgene (CMZ12) in preimplantation stage mouse embryos. The transgene is expressed at the two-cell stage, where it shows cellular mosaicism due to variable expressivity. The variable gene expression indicates a partial penetrance of the transgene. The extent of variation in expression is influenced by the genetic background of the oocyte. DBA/2 and CFLP genetic backgrounds promote high expression of the transgene, while Balb/c, C57BL/6, DDK, and F1 (C57BL/6 x CBA) genetic backgrounds give none or very little lacZ activity. In vitro culture of one-cell embryos to the two-cell stage induces the expression of lacZ in all strain backgrounds tested. The variation in CMZ12 expression is a transient phenomenon and does not affect later stage activity of the transgene. Nuclear transfer experiments and DNA methylation analysis suggests that a heritable modification of the transgene locus has not occurred.

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