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Development of Mice with Brain-Specific Deletion of Floxed Glud1 (Glutamate Dehydrogenase 1) Using Cre Recombinase Driven by the Nestin Promoter

Published inNeurochemical research, vol. 2, no. 5, p. 284-290
Publication date2013
Abstract

In the brain, Glud1-encoded glutamate dehydrogenase plays a major role in the recycling of the neurotransmitter glutamate. We recently reported a new model of brain-specific Glud1 null mice (Cns-Glud1 (-/-)) lacking glutamate dehydrogenase in the central nervous system. Cns-Glud1 (-/-) mice exhibit reduced astrocytic glutamate breakdown and redirection of glutamate pathways without altering synaptic transmission. Cns-Glud1 (-/-) mice were generated using LoxP and Nestin-Cre technology. Nestin-Cre mice are widely used to investigate gene deletion in the central nervous system. However, the Nes-Cre transgene itself was reported to induce a phenotype related to body weight gain. Here, we review the potential side-effects of Nes-Cre and analysed Cns-Glud1 (-/-) body weight gain. Overall, Nestin-Cre mice may exhibit transient and moderate growth retardation during the few weeks immediately following weaning. Pending appropriate controls and homogenization of the genetic background, Nestin-Cre technology is a valuable tool enabling disruption of genes of interest in the central nervous system.

Keywords
  • Axons/chemistry/physiology
  • Brain/anatomy & histology/physiology
  • Brain Chemistry/physiology
  • Brain Mapping/instrumentation/methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nerve Fibers, Myelinated/chemistry/physiology
  • Neural Pathways/chemistry/physiology
  • Pattern Recognition, Automated/methods
Citation (ISO format)
KARACA EMRE, Melis, MAECHLER, Pierre. Development of Mice with Brain-Specific Deletion of Floxed Glud1 (Glutamate Dehydrogenase 1) Using Cre Recombinase Driven by the Nestin Promoter. In: Neurochemical research, 2013, vol. 2, n° 5, p. 284–290. doi: 10.1007/s11064-013-1041-0
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