Genetic studies have shown that ephrin-B2 and its cognate EphB4 receptor are necessary for normal embryonic angiogenesis. Moreover, there is overwhelming evidence that ephrin-B2 is involved in tumor vascularization, yet its role in adult angiogenesis has been difficult to track genetically. Here we report the generation of transgenic mice that over-express EfnB2 specifically in endothelial cells (ECs). We show that exogenous expression of EfnB2 under the control of the Tie2 promoter/enhancer regions in ECs does not affect viability or growth of the transgenic animals. We further show that targeted expression of EfnB2 in ECs is not sufficient to rescue severe cardiovascular defects at mid-gestation stages but rescues early embryonic lethality associated with loss-of-function mutation in EfnB2. This mouse model will be useful to study the role of ephrin-B2 in physiological and pathological angiogenesis.
Genesis. 2011 Oct;49(10):spcone. doi: 10.1002/dvg.20812.
Generation of transgenic mice overexpressing EfnB2 in endothelial cells.
Luxey M, Laussu J, Jungas T, Davy A.
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