Intronic sequences modulate the sensitivity of beta-lactoglobulin transgenes to position effects

Gene. 1997 Jul 9;193(2):239-43. doi: 10.1016/s0378-1119(97)00128-5.


We have analysed the expression of beta-lactoglobulin (BLG) gene constructs with combinations of introns deleted to further define the role of intronic regions in directing position-independent mammary expression of BLG transgenes. Intron removal had no obvious effect on hormonal induction of BLG expression in vitro but dramatically reduced expression in vivo, in that removal of intron pairs always resulted in a proportion of the transgenic lines generated failing to express the transgene in the mammary gland. Position-dependent expression was seen for all intron-deleted transgenes regardless of which introns were removed and the ability of the intron-deleted transgenes to be expressed bore no relationship to transgene copy number. Thus, intron removal per se increases the sensitivity of BLG transgenes to position effects.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Introns*
  • Lactoglobulins / genetics*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Transgenes*


  • Lactoglobulins