Conditional knockout (cKO) models are often referred to as ‘floxed’ models due to the use of Cre/lox system in their development. The Cre-Lox recombination system enables the generation of tissue-specific or inducible knockouts with a high level of control over the spatial and temporal expression of genes, and greatly improves the efficiency and specificity in generating conditional mouse.
Here is the workflow of Cre-Lox system:
Compared with constitutively expressed gene mutations (i.e., knockout), conditional models provide greater temporal and regional control of gene expression - often serving as a more accurate model for studying human diseases. Researchers use cKO mouse models to bypass limitations of constitutive knockout strategies, such as embryonic lethality, modified animal physiology, compensation mechanisms, and more.
Cyagen provides custom cKO mouse model generation services - using state-of-the-art CRISPR, transgenic, and embryonic stem cell (ESC) technologies, such as our proprietary TurboKnockout® gene targeting - that can address the most complex project requirements.
|Technology||TurboKnockout® Gene Targeting||CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing|
Homologous recombination in ESC by
our proprietary TurboKnockout® technology
|CRISPR/Cas9 nuclease mediated gene targeting
by pronuclear injection
|Conditional Knockout (cKO)||Single target: ~7 kb
Double target: ~100 kb
|Donor vector: ~7 kb
ssDNA: ~100 kb
|Turnaround Time||6-8 months||5-7 months|
|Species Limitation||Mice only||No|
|Donor backgrounds||Mouse strains: C57BL/6, BALB/c||Mouse strains: C57BL/6, FVB Rat strains:
Sprague-Dawley (SD), Long Evans
|Intellectual Property (IP)||No risk of patent infringement||Ongoing patent litigation risks|
|Complex Genetic Modification||Yes||N/A|
|Research Applications||Gene Target(s)||Journal Information|
Commensal viruses maintain intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes via
noncanonical RIG-I signaling.
Nature Immunology PMID: 31636462
|Cell Biology, Cardiovascular||SAHH(Ahcy)||
Inhibition of S-Adenosyl homocysteine Hydrolase Induces Endothelial
Dysfunction via Epigenetic Regulation of p66shc-Mediated Oxidative Stress Pathway
Circulation DOI: 10.1161/circulationaha.118.036336
TRIB3 Promotes APL Progression through Stabilization of the Oncoprotein
PML-RARa and Inhibition of p53-Mediated Senescence
Cancer Cell DOI: 10.1016/j.ccell.2017.04.006
"We generated a mouse knockout model using Cyagen’s TurboKnockout® technology. Cyagen’s team was on time with milestones, provided constant updates on the project and delivered animals as promised. It was such a pleasure working with Cyagen that we decided to outsource the production of other animal models to them."
———— Maximiliano D’Angelo, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
"Using Cyagen’s CRISPR-generated constitutive knockout mice has greatly facilitated our understanding the biology in IL-1 family of 11 cytokines or their respective receptors. We were able to have the IL-38 deficient mice and the IL-1R9 deficient mice in record time. The service provided by Cyagen is highly recommended."
———— Charles A. Dinarello, University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
"Our lab has been using Cyagen’s transient transgenic mouse embryo LacZ service to test candidate sequences for enhancer activity for over five years (over 60 different sequences tested with them thus far). Their cost, turnaround time, submission process and customer service has been great, making this assay easy and routine for our lab."
———— Nadav Ahituv, University of California, San Francisco
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