NSG mouse

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The NSG mouse (NOD scid gamma mouse) is a brand of immunodeficient laboratory mice, developed and marketed by Jackson Laboratory, which carries the strain NOD.Cg-PrkdcscidIl2rgtm1Wjl/SzJl. NSG branded mice are among the most immunodeficient described to date.[1] NSG branded mice lack mature T cells, B cells, and natural killer (NK) cells.[2] NSG branded mice are also deficient in multiple cytokine signaling pathways, and they have many defects in innate immunity.[2][3] The compound immunodeficiencies in NSG branded mice permit the engraftment of a wide range of primary human cells, and enable sophisticated modeling of many areas of human biology and disease. NSG branded mice were developed in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard Shultz at Jackson Laboratory, which owns the NSG trade mark.

Features of NSG mice[edit]

  • The genetic background, derived from inbred NOD mouse strain NOD/ShiLtJ, contributes reductions in innate immunity that include an absent hemolytic complement system, reduced dendritic cell function, and defective macrophage activity.[3] The NOD/ShiLtJ background also contributes an allele of the Sirpa gene that renders the bone marrow niche very permissive to colonization by human hematopoietic stem cells.[4]
  • The Prkdcscid mutationa, commonly known as “scid” or “severe combined immunodeficiency”, essentially eliminates adaptive immunity.[5] Prkdcscid is a loss-of-function mutation in the mouse homologue of the human PRKDC gene, which encodes a protein that resolves DNA strand breaks that occur during V(D)J recombination in developing T and B lymphocytes.[6] Mice homozygous for the mutation have severely reduced numbers of mature T and B cells.[3][5] The phenotypic penetrance of Prkdcscid varies among inbred strain backgrounds, but the mutation is most effective at eliminating adaptive immunity on the NOD genetic background.[3]
  • The Il2rgtm1Wjl targeted mutationb is a complete null mutation in the gene encoding the interleukin 2 receptor gamma chain (IL2Rγ, homologous to IL2RG in humans).[7] IL2Rγ is a common component of the cell surface receptors that bind and transduce signals from six distinct interleukins. Signaling through IL2Rγ is required for the differentiation and function of many hematopoietic cells.[7] Notably, the absence of IL2Rγ blocks NK cell differentiation, and thereby removes a major obstacle preventing the efficient engraftment of primary human cells.[2][5]

Research applications of NSG include[edit]


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  4. ^ Takenaka K, Prasolava TK, Wang JC, et al. (2007). "Polymorphism in Sirpa modulates engraftment of human hematopoietic stem cells". Nat. Immunol. 8 (12): 1313–23. doi:10.1038/ni1527. PMID 17982459.
  5. ^ a b c Greiner DL, Hesselton RA, Shultz LD (1998). "SCID mouse models of human stem cell engraftment". Stem Cells. 16 (3): 166–177. doi:10.1002/stem.160166. PMID 9617892.
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  8. ^ Simpson-Abelson MR, Sonnenberg GF, Takita H, et al. (2008). "Long-term engraftment and expansion of tumor-derived memory T cells following the implantation of non-disrupted pieces of human lung tumor into NOD-scid IL2Rgamma(null) mice". J. Immunol. 180 (10): 7009–18. doi:10.4049/jimmunol.180.10.7009. PMID 18453623.
  9. ^ Escobar G, Moi D, Ranghetti A, et al. (Jan 2014). "Genetic engineering of hematopoiesis for targeted IFN-α delivery inhibits breast cancer progression". Sci. Transl. Med. 6 (217): 217. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3006353. PMID 24382895.
  10. ^ Eirew P, Stingl J, Raouf A, et al. (2008). "A method for quantifying normal human mammary epithelial stem cells with in vivo regenerative ability". Nat. Med. 14 (12): 1384–9. doi:10.1038/nm.1791. PMID 19029987.
  11. ^ Quintana E, Shackleton M, Sabel MS, Fullen DR, Johnson TM, Morrison SJ (2008). "Efficient tumour formation by single human melanoma cells". Nature. 456 (7222): 593–598. doi:10.1038/nature07567. PMC 2597380. PMID 19052619.
  12. ^ Ishikawa F, Yasukawa M, Lyons B, et al. (2005). "Development of functional human blood and immune systems in NOD/SCID/IL2 receptor {gamma} chain(null) mice". Blood. 106 (5): 1565–73. doi:10.1182/blood-2005-02-0516. PMC 1895228. PMID 15920010.
  13. ^ Giassi LJ, Pearson T, Shultz LD, et al. (August 2008). "Expanded CD34+ human umbilical cord blood cells generate multiple lymphohematopoietic lineages in NOD-scid IL2rgamma(null) mice". Exp. Biol. Med. (Maywood). 233 (8): 997–1012. doi:10.3181/0802-RM-70. PMC 2757278. PMID 18653783.
  14. ^ Majeti R, Park CY, Weissman IL (2007). "Identification of a hierarchy of multipotent hematopoietic progenitors in human cord blood". Cell Stem Cell. 1 (6): 635–645. doi:10.1016/j.stem.2007.10.001. PMC 2292126. PMID 18371405.
  15. ^ a b Kumar P, Ban HS, Kim SS, et al. (2008). "T cell-specific siRNA delivery suppresses HIV-1 infection in humanized mice". Cell. 134 (4): 577–86. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2008.06.034. PMC 2943428. PMID 18691745.
  16. ^ Strowig T, Gurer C, Ploss A, et al. (2009). "Priming of protective T cell responses against virus-induced tumors in mice with human immune system components". J. Exp. Med. 206 (6): 1423–34. doi:10.1084/jem.20081720. PMC 2715061. PMID 19487422.
  17. ^ Jiménez-Díaz MB, Mulet T, Viera S, et al. (2009). "Improved murine model of malaria using Plasmodium falciparum competent strains and non-myelodepleted NOD-scid IL2Rgammanull mice engrafted with human erythrocytes". Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 53 (10): 4533–6. doi:10.1128/AAC.00519-09. PMC 2764183. PMID 19596869.
  18. ^ Mota J, Rico-Hesse R (2009). "Humanized mice show clinical signs of dengue fever according to infecting virus genotype". J. Virol. 83 (17): 8638–8645. doi:10.1128/JVI.00581-09. PMC 2738212. PMID 19535452.
  19. ^ Jaiswal S, Pearson T, Friberg H, et al. (2009). Unutmaz D (ed.). "Dengue virus infection and virus-specific HLA-A2 restricted immune responses in humanized NOD-scid IL2rgammanull mice". PLoS ONE. 4 (10): e7251. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007251. PMC 2749937. PMID 19802382.
  20. ^ King M, Pearson T, Shultz LD, et al. (2008). "A new Hu-PBL model for the study of human islet alloreactivity based on NOD-scid mice bearing a targeted mutation in the IL-2 receptor gamma chain gene". Clin. Immunol. 126 (3): 303–14. doi:10.1016/j.clim.2007.11.001. PMID 18096436.


1.^ Mouse Genome Informatics entry for Prkdcscid
2.^ Mouse Genome Informatics entry for Il2rgtm1Wjl

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