Ectopic recombination in the central and peripheral nervous system by aP2/FABP4-Cre mice: implications for metabolism research

FEBS Lett. 2010 Mar 5;584(5):1054-8. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2010.01.061. Epub 2010 Feb 9.


aP2-Cre mice have amply been used to generate conditional adipose selective inactivation of important signaling molecules. We show that the efficiency of Cre mediated recombination in adipocytes and adipose selectivity is not always guaranteed. In particular, Cre activity was found in ganglia of the peripheral nervous system (PNS), in adrenal medulla and in neurons throughout the central nervous system (CNS). Because these tissues have an important impact on adipose tissue, care should be taken when using aP2-Cre mice to define the role of the targeted genes in adipose tissue function.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Central Nervous System / metabolism*
  • Fatty Acid-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • Fatty Acid-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Integrases / genetics
  • Integrases / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Mutant Strains
  • Peripheral Nervous System / metabolism*
  • Peroxisome-Targeting Signal 1 Receptor
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic / genetics
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear / genetics
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear / metabolism


  • Fatty Acid-Binding Proteins
  • Peroxisome-Targeting Signal 1 Receptor
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear
  • Cre recombinase
  • Integrases