The identification of cis-sequences responsible for spatiotemporal patterns of gene expression often requires the functional analysis of large genomic regions. In this study a 100-kb zebrafish Hoxa-11b-lacZ reporter gene was constructed and expressed in transgenic mice. PAC clone 10-O19, containing a portion of the zebrafish HoxA-b cluster, was captured into the yeast-bacterial shuttle vector, pPAC-ResQ, by recombinogenic targeting. A lacZ reporter gene was then inserted in-frame into exon 1 of the zfHoxa-11b locus by a second round of recombinogenic targeting. Expression of the zfHoxa-11b-lacZ reporter gene in 10.5 d.p.f. transgenic mouse embryos was observed only in the posterior portion of the A-P axis, in the paraxial mesoderm, neural tube, and somites. These findings demonstrate the utility of recombinogenic targeting for the modification and expression of large inserts captured from P1/PAC clones.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental Biology