Generation of an Frs2α conditional null allele

Yongshun Lin, Jue Zhang, Yongyou Zhang, Fen Wang

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The fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling family controls a broad spectrum of cellular processes in development and adult tissue homeostasis and function, which is expressed in almost all tissues at all stages. FGF receptor substrate 2 alpha (FRS2α) is an adaptor protein that recruits downstream substrates to the FGF receptor (FGFR) tyrosine kinase. Disruption of Frs2α gene in mice abrogates activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway by the FGFR and leads to embryonic lethality at day E7.5 post copulation. To circumvent the embryonic lethality resulting from disruption of the Frs2α gene, which hinders further characterization of the role of FRS2α in adult tissue function and homeostasis, we generated an Frs2α conditional null allele for temporally- and tissue-specific disruption of the Frs2α gene. Using gene targeting in mouse embryonic stem cells, we introduced two IoxP sites flanking the largest coding exon, exon 5, in the Frs2α allele. Our results indicate that the floxed Frs2α (Frs2αflox) allele is a true conditional null allele that encodes wildtype activity and is converted to a null allele after Cre recombinase mediated recombination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)554-559
Number of pages6
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • Cre-IoxP
  • FRS2α
  • Fibroblast growth factors
  • Gene targeting
  • Mouse
  • Prostate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology


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