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Generation of Fgfr3 Conditional Knockout Mice

Author(s): Nan Su, Xiaoling Xu, Cuiling Li, Qifen He, Ling Zhao, Can Li, Siyu Chen, Fengtao Luo, Lingxian Yi, Xiaolan Du, Haiyang Huang, Chuxia Deng, Lin Chen

Journal: International Journal of Biological Sciences
ISSN 1449-2288

Volume: 6;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 327;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3), highly conserved in both humans and murine, is one of key tyrosine kinase receptors for FGF. FGFR3 is expressed in different tissues, including cartilage, brain, kidney, and intestine at different development stages. Conventional knockout of Fgfr3 alleles leads to short life span, and overgrowth of bone. In clinic, human FGFR3 mutations are responsible for three different types of chondrodysplasia syndromes including achondroplasia (ACH), hypochondroplasia (HCH) and thanatophoric dysplasia (TD). For better understanding of the roles of FGFR3 in different tissues at different stages of development and in pathological conditions, we generated Fgfr3 conditional knockout mice in which loxp sites flank exons 9-10 in the Fgfr3 allele. We also demonstrated that Cre-mediated recombination using Col2a1-Cre, a Cre line expressed in chondrocyte during bone development, results in specific deletion of the gene in tissues containing cartilage. This animal model will be useful to study distinct roles of FGFR3 in different tissues at different ages.

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