The GR laboratory mouse strain has five endogenous proviral copies of the mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV). One of these, Mtv-2, is unique because it causes mammary carcinomas in virtually 100% of breeding GR females prior to 1 year of age. To facilitate studies of this locus in particular, and mammary tumorigenesis in general, we genetically tailored a new mouse line, WXG-2, which bears Mtv-2 as its only endogenous MMTV provirus. The WXG-2 line was constructed by making hybrids between the GR strain and a wild mouse line free of both endogenous and exogenous MMTV, backcrossing to the MMTV-free line, and fixing the Mtv-2 locus in population with the desired genotype. Mammary tumors were observed in 5 of the 20 hybrid females carrying the endogenous Mtv-2 provirus. The WXG-2 line represents a new model system for studying MMTV-induced mammary tumorigenesis in the absence of multiple endogenous proviruses.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Virology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Insect Science