Document Type

Patent

Patent Number

US Patent 6,194,633

Patent agency

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Publication Date

2-27-2001

Assignee

University of Iowa Research Foundation (Iowa City, IA, US)

Application Number

09/013,687

Date Filed

1998-01-26

Total Pages

15 pages

Abstract

A nonhuman animal having somatic and germ cells in which at least one allele of an endogenous SLP-76 gene is functionally disrupted is provided. The animal may be heterozygous or, more preferably, homozygous for the SLP-76 gene disruption and is preferably a mouse. In homozygous animals, the percentage of peripheral T cells is substantially decreased compared to wildtype animals, whereas the percentage of B cells and macrophages in the periphery is substantially normal, indicating that SLP-76 disruption causes a profound block in T cell development. The animals of the invention can be used, for example, as controls to evaluate the efficacy of SLP-76 inhibitors and to identify disease conditions that can be treated with SLP-76 inhibitors. A transgenic nonhuman animal having a functionally disrupted endogenous SLP-76 gene but which has been reconstituted with an exogenous SLP-76 transgene (e.g., a human SLP-76 gene or a SLP-76 gene whose expression in targeted to a particular cell population) is also provided. An animal that has been reconstituted with a human SLP-76 gene can be used to identify agents that modulate human SLP-76 in vivo. Nucleic acid constructs for functionally disrupting an endogenous SLP-76 gene in a host cell, recombinant vectors including the nucleic acid construct, and host cells into which the nucleic acid construct has been introduced are also encompassed by the invention.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/patents/259