We developed the AAV-Oxtr-IRES-Venus vector to rescue the oxytocin receptor (Oxtr) gene functionally at restricted regions in the brains of Oxtr knockout mice. First we chose human eIF4G gene-derived IRES to co- express Venus, a fluorescent marker gene, with Oxtr. With selected human eIF4G IRES, we constructed the AAV-Oxtr-IRES-Venus vector, and it caused expression of the Venus gene in the brain when 1 μ,l of viral solution (9.4 x 107 vg) was injected into the medial amygdaloid nucleus. In primary neuronal cells transduced with this viral vector and followed by oxytocin administration, functional expression of OXTR was detected by Ca2+ imaging assay.
- Adeno-associated virus
- EIF4G internal ribosome entry site
- Oxytocin receptor