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Nat Genet. 1995 Feb;9(2):191-6.

Stability of an expanded trinucleotide repeat in the androgen receptor gene in transgenic mice.

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Division of Neurology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

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  • Nat Genet 1995 Jun;10(2):249.


The expansion of trinucleotide repeat sequences underlies a number of hereditary neurological disorders. To study the stability of a trinucleotide repeat and to develop an animal model of one of these disorders, spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA), we have generated transgenic mice carrying either the normal or expanded repeat human androgen receptor (AR) gene. Unlike the disease allele in humans, the AR cDNA containing the expanded repeat in transgenic mice showed no change in repeat length with transmission. Expression of the SBMA AR was found in transgenic mice, but at a lower level than normal endogenous expression. The lack of a physiological pattern of expression may explain why no phenotypic effects of the transgene were observed.

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