Gfi1-GCE inducible Cre line for hair cell-specific gene manipulation in mouse inner ear

Qi Tang, Mei Xu, Jiadong Xu, Xiaoling Xie, Hua Yang, Lin Gan

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Tissue-specific inducible Cre recombinase mouse lines allow precise genetic manipulations in spatiotemporal manners and are pivotal for functional studies of genes during development and in adults. Growth factor independence 1 (GFI1) is an essential transcription factor expressed in the hair cells of mouse inner ear and Gfi1 locus serves as an excellent anchor site to drive the expression of inducible Cre recombinase in mouse inner hair cells. In this study, we have generated Gfi1-P2A-GFP-CreERT2 (Gfi1-GCE) knock-in mouse line by in-frame fusion of a self-cleaving GCE to the C-terminus of GFI1. We have shown that as predicted, the expression of GCE and GFI1 was detected specifically in the cytosol and nuclei of hair cells, respectively, of uninduced Gfi1-GCE mice, suggesting the successful cleavage and simultaneous expression of GFI1 and GCE. In addition, the in-frame fusion of the self-cleaving GCE does not interrupt the function of Gfi1 in the inner ear. Administration of tamoxifen leads to nuclear translocation of GCE and results in an efficient activation of tdTomato reporter gene expression specifically in most hair cells throughout development and in adults. Thus, this inducible Gfi1-GCE mouse line is a highly efficient Cre deleter and is suitable for gene manipulation in developing and adult inner ear hair cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere23304
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Cre recombinase
  • conditional knockout
  • growth factor independence 1
  • hair cells
  • transcription factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology


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