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Genesis. 2012 May;50(5):424-8. doi: 10.1002/dvg.20808. Epub 2011 Dec 27.

Gene induction in mature oligodendrocytes with a PLP-tTA mouse line.

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Division of Neurobiology and Bioinformatics, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Aichi, Japan.


Mature oligodendrocytes are critical for myelin maintenance. To understand the molecular basis for this, genetic manipulation of mature oligodendrocytes is needed. Here we generated a mature oligodendrocyte tTA (tetracycline-controlled transcriptional activator) mouse line which, in combination with a tTA-dependent promoter line driving the expression of the desired transgene, can be used for gain-of-function studies. We used an oligodendrocyte promoter, the mouse proteolipid protein (PLP) promoter, to express mammalianized tTA, and generated a PLP-mtTA mouse line. In adults, mtTA mRNA was predominantly detected in brain white matter where it co-localized with PLP mRNA. mtTA-mediated gene induction was confirmed by crossing to mice with a tTA-dependent promoter driving expression of yellow fluorescent protein (tetO-YFP mice). YFP induction in PLP-mtTA::tetO-YFP mice was consistent with PLP expression in adult mature oligodendrocytes and premyelinating-stage myelinating oligodendrocytes. This PLP-mtTA mouse line is the first to enable gain-of-function studies in mature oligodendrocytes with the tet system.

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