The OMP-lacZ transgene mimics the unusual expression pattern of OR-Z6, a new odorant receptor gene on mouse chromosome 6: Implication for locus-dependent gene expression

Martina Pyrski, Zheng Xu, Eric Walters, Debra J. Gilbert, Nancy A. Jenkins, Neal G. Copeland, Frank L. Margolis

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Abstract

Reporter gene expression in the olfactory epithelium of H-lacZ6 transgenic mice mimics the cell-selective expression pattern known for some odorant receptor genes. The transgene construct in these mice consists of the lacZ coding region, driven by the proximal olfactory marker protein (OMP) gene promoter, and shows expression in a zonally confined subpopulation of olfactory neurons. To address mechanisms underlying the odorant receptor-like expression pattern of the lacZ construct, we analyzed the transgene-flanking region and identified OR-Z6, the first cloned odorant receptor gene that maps to mouse chromosome 6. OR-Z6 bears the highest sequence similarity (85%) to a human odorant receptor gene at the syntenic location on human chromosome 7. We analyzed the expression pattern of OR-Z6 in olfactory tissues of H-lacZ6 mice and show that it bears strong similarities to that mapped for β-galactosidase. Expression of both genes in olfactory neurons is primarily restricted to the same medial subregion of the olfactory epithelium. Axons from both neuronal subpopulations project to the same ventromedial aspect of the anterior olfactory bulbs. Furthermore, colocalization analyses in H-lacZ6 mice demonstrate that OR-Z6-reactive glomeruli receive axonal input from lacZ-positive neurons as well. These results suggest that the expression of both genes is coordinated and that transgene expression in H-lacZ6 mice is regulated by locus-dependent mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4637-4648
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Volume21
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2001

Keywords

  • Expression patterns
  • In situ hybridization
  • Locus dependence
  • Olfactory bulb
  • Olfactory epithelium
  • Olfactory neurons
  • OMP promoter
  • OR-Z6
  • Receptors
  • Transgene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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