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Title: Efficient method for obtaining Lep(ob)/Lep(ob)-derived animal models using adipose tissue transplantations
Authors: Barros, C. C. [UNIFESP]
Almeida, S. S. [UNIFESP]
Mori, M. A. [UNIFESP]
Valero, V. B. [UNIFESP]
Haro, A. S. [UNIFESP]
Batista, E. C. [UNIFESP]
Rosa, T. S.
Bacurau, Reury Frank Pereira
Wuertele, M. [UNIFESP]
Araujo, R. C. [UNIFESP]
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Mogi das Cuzes
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Keywords: ob/ob
adipose tissue transplantation
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2009
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Citation: International Journal of Obesity. London: Nature Publishing Group, v. 33, n. 8, p. 938-944, 2009.
Abstract: Background: Leptin-deficient mice (Lep(ob)/Lep(ob), also known as ob/ob) are of great importance for studies of obesity, diabetes and other correlated pathologies. Thus, generation of animals carrying the Lep(ob) gene mutation as well as additional genomic modifications has been used to associate genes with metabolic diseases. However, the infertility of Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mice impairs this kind of breeding experiment.Objective: To propose a new method for production of Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) animals and Lep(ob)/Lep(ob)-derived animal models by restoring the fertility of Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mice in a stable way through white adipose tissue transplantations.Methods: for this purpose, 1 g of peri-gonadal adipose tissue from lean donors was used in subcutaneous transplantations of Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) animals and a crossing strategy was established to generate Lep(ob)/Lep(ob)-derived mice.Results: the presented method reduced by four times the number of animals used to generate double transgenic models (from about 20 to 5 animals per double mutant produced) and minimized the number of genotyping steps (from 3 to 1 genotyping step, reducing the number of Lep gene genotyping assays from 83 to 6).Conclusion: the application of the adipose transplantation technique drastically improves both the production of Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) animals and the generation of Lep(ob)/Lep(ob)-derived animal models. International Journal of Obesity (2009) 33, 938-944; doi: 10.1038/ijo.2009.95; published online 16 June 2009
ISSN: 0307-0565
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