In an initial effort to determine the effect of expressing potentially therapeutic gene products on the growth properties of glioma tumor xenografts, we describe the development of cell lines that can conditionally express β-galactosidase (β-gal). To achieve this, we generated stable cell lines that express the modified tetracycline repressor molecule (rtTA) and the β-gal gene under control of tetracycline-responsive cis-elements. The resulting cell lines express functional β-gal following treatment with the tetracycline analog doxycyclin (Dox). These cells were then used to form intracranial tumors after injection into the brain using an implantable guide-screw system. The xenografts were found to express β-gal when the animals were fed drinking water containing Dox. From these studies, we conclude that the expression of a target gene in a human xenograft growing in the brain of a living mouse can be conditionally regulated.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)