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Strain Detail: 4C30 mice

Strain information
Resource No. nbio009
Strain name 4C30
Strain Nomenclature
Common name/Synonyms Dilated cardiomyopathy model mice
Strain types mutant
Background strain C57BL/6
Institution National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition (NIBIOHN) (formerly, National Institute of Infectious Diseases)
Developer Osamu Suzuki
Depositor Osamu Suzuki
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Animal Health Report
Strain description
photo of 4C30 mice

The 4C30 strain is one of the transgenic mice harboring sialyltransferase transgenes. All mice homozygous for the transgenes died about seven months of age due to respiratory failure with enlarged hearts. The cardiac symptom suggests that the mice would be a possible cardiomyopathy model. We are currently examining the mice in our laboratory.

Heart symptoms
Photos of the 4C30 hearts

We examined hearts of homozygous 4C30 and normal control mice after fixation by perfusion with 7:3 mixtures of 10% formalin and Carnoy fluid. As shown in two top panels in the right figure (enlarged view of the hearts), the heart of the homozygous 4C30 mouse (left) is much larger than that of the age-matched control mouse (right). Cardiothoracic ratio (heart/thoracic ratio) of the 4C30 in the figure is 59%, 18% larger than the control (41%). The two middle panels show the excised hearts. Both right and left atria of the 4C30 are quite large. The heart/body weight ratio of the 4C30 was 1.3 ± 0.3%, significantly larger than that of the control mice (0.7 ± 0.1%). In the two bottom panels, four-chamber views of the hearts indicate the homozygous transgenic mice had an enlarged heart with dilated chambers and thinner walls of both atria and ventricles.

Transgene structure and the insertion site

The 4C30 strain was produced by microinjection of transgene constructs into pronuclei of C57BL/6NCrSlc zygotes. The transgene is constructed based on the pCAGGS expression vector (Niwa et al., 1991) inserted at multi-cloning sites with mouse cDNA for β-galactoside α-2,3-sialyltransferase 2 (ST3GalII or Siat5; Lee et al., 1994; Kono et al., 1997).

Transgene insertion site

The sequences of the flanking region of the transgene in the 4C30 genome were determined by genomic walking techniques and located in the genome by BLAST search in Ensembl database (See genotyping of the transgenic mice for detailed methodology). The position of flanking sequences, i.e., the transgene insertion site is located on the 11th chromosome of the 4C30 genome. As shown in the results (enlarged view of the chromosomal map) of Ensembl database search, no gene was currently described at the insertion site, indicating that no disruption of endogenous gene occurred by the insertion of the transgene.

  1. Suzuki O, Kanai T, Nishikawa T, Yamamoto Y, Noguchi A, Takimoto K, Koura M, Noguchi Y, Uchio-Yamada K, Tsuji S, and Matsuda J. (2011) Adult onset cardiac dilatation in a transgenic mouse line with Galβ1,3GalNAc α2,3-sialyltransferase II (ST3Gal-II) transgenes: a new model for dilated cardiomyopathy. Proc. Jpn. Acad., Ser. B, Phys. Biol. Sci. 87(8):550-62. [PMID:21986317]
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  3. Niwa H, Yamamura K, and Miyazaki J. (1991) Efficient selection for high-expression transfectants with a novel eukaryotic vector. Gene 108(2):193-9. [PMID:1660837]
  4. Lee YC, Kojima N, Wada E, Kurosawa N, Nakaoka T, Hamamoto T, and Tsuji S. (1994) Cloning and expression of cDNA for a new type of Galβ1,3GalNAc α2,3-sialyltransferase. J. Biol. Chem. 269(13):10028-33. [PMID:8144500]
  5. Kono M, Ohyama Y, Lee YC, Hamamoto T, Kojima N, and Tsuji S. (1997) Mouse β-galactoside α2,3-sialyltransferases: comparison of in vitro substrate specificities and tissue specific expression. Glycobiology 7(4):469-79. [PMID:9184827]
Resource information
Cryopreserved sperm In-house Genotype Tg/Tg
Medium FERTIUP or R18S3
From other institutions Genotype
Cryopreserved embryo In-house Mating System IVF : (Tg/Tg) female x (Tg/Tg) male
Genotype Tg/Tg
Medium EFS40
From other institutions Mating System
Strain status / Availability Cryopreserved sperm Within 1 month
Cryopreserved embryo Within 1 month
Live animals Approx. 2 months
Gene information
Mutation types transgenic
Gene symbol St3gal2 (Siat5, St3GalII)
Gene name ST3 β-galactoside α-2,3-sialyltransferase 2
Genotyping information
Example of genotyping

We can easily differentiate homozygous transgenic, hemizygous transgenic and wild using PCR with flanking primers. For the actual genotyping for the 4C30 strain, we routinely use three primers shown below and judge genotypes of each mouse by the appearance of the combination of Tg-band (+ band; 175 bp) and wild-band (− band; 228bp). See genotyping of the transgenic mice for detailed methodology.

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