Transgenic mice were generated which carried the adult alpha and beta-globin genes and the major tadpole specific beta-globin gene of Xenopus laevis. The adult specific alpha and beta genes were found to express in erythroid tissues in adult mice, while the major tadpole specific beta gene (beta T1) was expressed in blood from 12.5 day embryos. The pattern of expression of the beta T1 gene during mouse development was consistent with its being regulated as an embryonic globin gene in the mouse. This observation suggests that some of the factors mediating globin switching have been conserved during the evolution of modern amphibia and mammals and raises interesting questions concerning the evolution of vertebrate globin gene switching.

*Gene Expression, 63231-63-0 (rna), 9004-22-2 (Globins), Aging/*genetics, Animals, Base Sequence, Blotting, Northern, Globins/*genetics, Mice, Mice, Transgenic, Molecular Sequence Data, RNA/genetics, Transcription, Genetic, Xenopus laevis/*genetics
Nucleic Acids Research
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Dillon, N.O, Kollias, G, Grosveld, F.G, & Williams, J.G. (1991). Expression of adult and tadpole specific globin genes from Xenopus laevis in transgenic mice. Nucleic Acids Research, 19, 6227–6230. Retrieved from