We describe a mouse model in which p27Kip1 transgene expression is spatially restricted to the central nervous system neuroepithelium and temporally controlled with doxycycline. Transgene-specific transcripts are detectable within 6 h of doxycycline administration, and maximum nonlethal expression is approached within 12 h. After 18-26 h of transgene expression, the G1 phase of the cell cycle is estimated to increase from 9 to 13 h in the neocortical neuroepithelium, the maximum G1 phase length attainable in this proliferative population in normal mice. Thus our data establish a direct link between p27Kip1 and control of G1 phase length in the mammalian central nervous system and unveil intrinsic mechanisms that constrain the G1 phase length to a putative physiological maximum despite ongoing p27Kip1 transgene expression.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - 2001 May 22|