The pig is an important animal for both agricultural and medical purposes. However, the number of pig-derived cell lines is relatively limited when compared with mouse-and human-derived lines. We established in this study a retroviral conditional expression system for the Simian vacuolating virus 40 large T fragment (SV40T) which allowed us to efficiently establish pig embryonic fibroblast cell lines. The established cell lines showed high levels of cell proliferation and resistance to cellular senescence. A chromosome analysis showed that 84% of the cells had the normal karyotype. Transient expression of the Cre recombinase allowed us to excise the SV40T fragment from the genome. The development of this research tool will enable us to quickly establish new cell lines derived from various animals.
- Conditional expression system
- Simian vacuolating virus 40 large T fragment (SV40T)