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AEG-1ΔMAC Mouse Model

The technology

Astrocyte elevated gene- (AEG-1) and c-Myc are overexpressed in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) functioning as oncogenes. AEG-1 is transcriptionally regulated by c-Myc and AEG-1 induces c-Myc by activating the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have documented the cooperation of AEG-1 and c-Myc in promoting hepatocarcinogenesis by analyzing hepatocyte-specific transgenic mice expressing either AEG-1 (Alb/AEG-1), c-Myc (Alb/c-Myc) or both (Alb/AEG-1/c-Myc). Their studies revealed a novel cooperative oncogenic effect of AEG-1 and c-Myc that could explain the mechanism of aggressive HCC. Alb/AEG-1/c-Myc mice provide a useful model to understand the molecular mechanism of cooperation between these two oncogenes and other molecules involved in hepatocarcinogenesis.

  • Antigen/Gene or Protein Targets
    • Astrocyte Elevated Gene-1
  • Model
    • Conditional KO
  •   Relevance
    • Mouse model with conditional AEG-1 knockout in myeloid cells
  •  Productional Details
    • Floxed AEG-1 mouse (AEG-1fl/fl) in C57BL/6 background were crossed with LsyM/Cre (B6. 129P2-Lyz2tm1(cre)lfo/J)
  • Conditional
    • Yes
  • Conditional Description
    • Conditional AEG-1ΔMAC knockout after single i.p. injection of 10µg/gm body weight of N-nitrosodiethylamine (DEN) given at 14 days of age followed by 0.05% phenobarbital daily in drinking water.
  •  Strain
    • C57BL/6