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Genesis. 2012 Apr;50(4):384-92. doi: 10.1002/dvg.20804. Epub 2012 Jan 6.

A recombinase-mediated cassette exchange-derived cyan fluorescent protein reporter allele for Pdx1.

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Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee 37232-0494, USA.


Fluorescent protein (FP) reporter alleles are useful both for identifying and purifying specific cell populations in the mouse. Here, we report the generation of mouse embryonic stem cells that contain a pancreatic and duodenal homeobox 1 (Pdx1) loxed cassette acceptor (Pdx1(LCA)) allele and the use of recombinase-mediated cassette exchange to derive mice that contain a Pdx1(CFP) (Cerulean) reporter allele. Mice with this allele exhibited cyan fluorescence within the previously well-characterized Pdx1 expression domain in posterior foregut endoderm. Immunolabeling showed that endogenous Pdx1 was coexpressed with CFP at all time points examined. Furthermore, fluorescence-activated cell sorting was used to isolate CFP-positive cells from E11.5 and E18.5 embryonic tissues using both 405 and 445 nm lasers, although the latter resulted in a nearly 50-fold increase in emission intensity. The Pdx1(CFP) allele will enable the isolation of specific foregut endoderm and pancreatic cell populations, both alone and in combination with other FP reporter alleles.

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