Science. 2010 Apr 9;328(5975):243-8.
Transnuclear mice with predefined T cell receptor specificities against Toxoplasma gondii obtained via SCNT
Kirak O, Frickel EM, Grotenbreg GM, Suh H, Jaenisch R, Ploegh HL.
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mice that are transgenic for rearranged antigen-specific T cell receptors (TCRs) are essential tools to study T cell development and function. Such TCRs are usually isolated from the relevant T cells after long-term culture, often after repeated antigen stimulation, which unavoidably skews the T cell population used. Random genomic integration of the TCR alpha and beta chain and expression from nonendogenous promoters represent additional drawbacks of transgenics. Using epigenetic reprogramming via somatic cell nuclear transfer, we demonstrated that T cells with predefined specificities against Toxoplasma gondii can be used to generate mouse models that express the TCR from their endogenous loci, without experimentally introduced genetic modification. The relative ease and speed with which such transnuclear models can be obtained holds promise for the construction of other disease models.
PMID: 20378817 [PubMed - in process]