Transgenic mice ubiquitously expressing human Fas ligand develop a slight form of graft-versus-host-like disease

Y. H. Ma, J. Fei, J. H. Hu, X. E. Zhou, G. H. Xia, L. H. Guo

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Abstract

AIM: To construct transgenic mice bearing human Fas ligand (FasL/CD95L) cDNA, and further explore the physiological effects of ubiquitous expression of FasL on such animals. METHODS: Transgenic mice were produced by pronuclei microinjection method. Integration and transmission of transgene were identified by nest-PCR and Southern-blot analysis. Level of FasL mRNA was evaluated by semi-quantitative RT-PCR analysis. FasL protein was detected by immunofluorescence analysis. Morphological alterations in tissues were analyzed by histological examination. The percentage of αβT cells in the spleen was determined by flow cytometry analysis. RESULTS: Two independent founder mice bearing human FasL cDNA under the control of CMV promoter were generated healthily. Human FasL was moderately expressed in the majority of tissues examined in F1 heterozygotic mice. Although developing normally, adult transgenic mice exhibited a slight form of graft-versushost (GVH)-like disease characterized by many morphological abnormalities occurring locally in the spleen, testis, lung and liver. In addition, the percentage of αβT cells in the spleen was respectively decreased approximately by 32 % and 24 % in two independent transgenic lines, relative to wild-type mice. CONCLUSION: Ubiquitous expression of Fas ligand can lead to slight GVH-like disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-319
Number of pages9
JournalActa Pharmacologica Sinica
Volume22
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 26 2001

Keywords

  • Antisense DNA
  • Fas ligand
  • Flow cytometry
  • Fluorescent antibody technique
  • Graft vs Host disease
  • Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction
  • Transgenic mice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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