Functional analysis of Asb-1 using genetic modification in mice

Mol Cell Biol. 2001 Sep;21(18):6189-97. doi: 10.1128/MCB.21.18.6189-6197.2001.


The Asbs are a family of ankyrin repeat proteins that, along with four other protein families, contain a C-terminal SOCS box motif, which was first identified in the suppressor of cytokine signaling (SOCS) proteins. While it is clear that the SOCS proteins are involved in the negative regulation of cytokine signaling, the biological roles of the other SOCS box-containing families are unknown. We have investigated Asb-1 function by generating mice that lack this protein, as well as mice that overexpress full-length or truncated Asb-1 in a wide range of tissues. Although Asb-1 is expressed in multiple organs, including the hematopoietic compartment in wild-type mice, Asb-1(-/-) mice develop normally and exhibit no anomalies of mature blood cells or their progenitors. While most organs in these mice appear normal, the testes of Asb-1(-/-) mice display a diminution of spermatogenesis with less complete filling of seminiferous tubules. In contrast, the widespread overexpression of Asb-1 in the mouse has no apparent deleterious effects.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Carrier Proteins / genetics*
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling Proteins


  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • Asb1 protein, mouse
  • Carrier Proteins
  • Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling Proteins