Overview: engineering transgenic constructs and mice

Curr Protoc Cell Biol. 2009 Mar;Chapter 19:Unit 19.10. doi: 10.1002/0471143030.cb1910s42.


Cell biology research encompasses everything from single cells to whole animals. Recent discoveries concerning particular gene functions can be applied to the whole animal for understanding genotype-phenotype relationships underlying disease mechanisms. For this reason, genetically manipulated mouse models are now considered essential to correctly understand disease processes in whole animals. This unit reviews the basic mouse technologies used to generate conventional transgenic mice, which represent a gain-of-function approach. First, an overview of transgenic construct design is presented. This unit then explains basic strategies for the identification and establishment of independent transgenic mouse lines, followed by comments on historical and emerging techniques. It then describes typical problems that are encountered when researchers start to generate transgenic mice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Founder Effect
  • Gene Knock-In Techniques*
  • Genetic Engineering / methods*
  • Genetic Vectors
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic*
  • Transgenes