Journal article

Two lines of transgenic mice expressing cre-recombinase exhibit increased seizure susceptibility

Tae Hwan Kim, Kay Richards, Julian Heng, Steven Petrou, Christopher A Reid

EPILEPSY RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2013

Abstract

Conditional mouse models based on the Cre-recombinase (Cre)-loxP method are a powerful tool for determining the spatial and temporal function of genes in neuroscience research. The Emx1-Cre conditional model is designed to drive Cre expression in a predominantly excitatory neuron specific manner and the Dlx5/6-Cre mouse expresses Cre predominantly in cortical inhibitory neurons. The mouse models expressing the Cre transgene are healthy, active and have no overt behavioural or brain histological phenotypes. Subcutaneous pentylenetetrazol (scPTZ) is a proconvulsant frequently used to probe neuronal network excitability. In both the Emx1-Cre and Dlx5/6-Cre conditional mouse models the latency t..

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