Rat synapsin 1 promoter mediated transgene expression in testicular cell types
2005 (English)In: DNA and Cell Biology, ISSN 1044-5498, E-ISSN 1557-7430, Vol. 24, no 2, 133-140 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Previous reports described the rat synapsin 1 promoter as primarily neuron selective. However, ectopic expression of a transgene under the rat synapsin 1 promoter was also detected in testis from some transgenic mouse lines. Here we investigate which cells within the testis express a transgene consisting of the rat synapsin 1 promoter fused with luciferase. Synapsin 1-luciferase expression vectors were introduced into HeLa cells, into TM3 cells derived from mouse testicular Leydig cells, and into one-cell embryos to make transgenic mice. Indirect immunofluorescence suggests that nontransfected TM3 cells do not express endogenous synapsin 1. TM3 stable transfectants, however, expressed luciferase under the direction of the synapsin 1 promoter, in both promoter orientations. HeLa cells displayed only low levels of activity. Transgenic mice carrying the synapsin 1-luciferase construct displayed high levels of luciferase activity in the brain, spinal cord, and testis. Enriched populations of prepuberal types A and B spermatogonia and adult Leydig cells, pachytene spermatocytes, and round spermatids prepared from transgenic mice all displayed substantial luciferase activity. Thus, the rat synapsin 1 promoter can mediate reporter gene expression in neurons and testicular cell types.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 24, no 2, 133-140 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-77774DOI: 10.1089/dna.2005.24.133PubMedID: 15699633OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-77774DiVA: diva2:105686