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STOCK Aspanur7/J

Stock Number:

008607

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The ENU-induced neurological 7 (nur7) allele of aspartoacylase (Aspanur7) results from a Q193X transition generating a nonsense codon and a loss-of-function mutation. Homozygous Aspanur7 mice display a Canavan disease-related pathology and may be useful in studying the axonal pathology caused by central nervous system myelin defects.

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Strain Information

Former Names C57BL/6J-Aspanur7/J    (Changed: 13-NOV-09 )
Type Chemically Induced Mutation; Mutant Stock;
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Specieslaboratory mouse
 
Donating Investigator Brian Popko,   University of Chicago

Description
Mice homozygous for this ENU-induced mutation, the neurological 7 (nur7) allele of Aspa (Aspanur7), are viable and fertile, although the donating investigator reports homozygotes are poor breeders. The Aspanur7 mutation encodes a Q193X transition that generates a nonsense codon and results in a predicted 120 amino acid truncation of the protein. While mutant Aspa mRNA expression is reduced by 40% (compared to wildtype), no truncated Aspa protein expression is reported in homozygous oligodendrocytes or brain tissue. Homozygous mice display early-onset spongy degeneration of central nervous system myelin with increased NAA levels similar to that observed in Canavan disease; an Aspa-deficiency-induced fatal childhood autosomal recessive leukodystrophy. Homozygous mice are easily distinguished at 21 days of age by their small body size and a wide-based ataxic gait. Neurological disease progresses with age to tremors and seizures. These Aspanur7 mutant mice may be useful in studying the axonal pathology caused by central nervous system myelin defects.

Development
These mutant mice were created by the laboratory of Dr. Monica Justice (Baylor College of Medicine) using multidose N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU) treatments to induce mutations in founder C57BL/6J mice. Genetic screening was utilized to identify mice with a neurological phenotype described as hypoactive in young postnatal mice and trembling during movement in adulthood ("small, lethargic, tremors in adults"). Using a candidate gene approach, a region of chromosome 11 containing the aspartoacylase (Aspa) gene was associated with the mutant phenotype. Sequencing of this gene identified a C->T transition in nucleotide 577 in exon 4 (coding a Q193X mutation that generates a TAA stop/nonsense codon and results in the early termination of the protein). Heterozygous Aspanur7 mice (also harboring the In(11Trp53;11Wnt3)8Brd balancer) were bred together (C57BL/6J genetic background) for many generations. Homozygous Aspanur7 mice (not harboring the In(11Trp53;11Wnt3)8Brd balancer) were sent to The Jackson Laboratory. Upon arrival, mice were bred with C57BL/6J inbred mice (Stock No. 000664) for at least one generation to establish the colony.

A 27 SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) panel analysis performed by The Jackson Laboratory revealed 7 of 27 markers that were not C57BL/6 allele-type. These data suggest 129, C3H, or CBA (and perhaps other) genetic contamination prior to arrival at The Jackson Laboratory.

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   000664 C57BL/6J
 
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Phenotype

Phenotype Information

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Related Disease (OMIM) Terms provided by MGI
- Model with phenotypic similarity to human disease where etiologies involve orthologs. Human genes are associated with this disease. Orthologs of those genes appear in the mouse genotype(s).
Canavan Disease
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The following phenotype information is associated with a similar, but not exact match to this JAX® Mice strain.

Aspanur7/Aspanur7

        involves: C57BL/6J
  • nervous system phenotype
  • abnormal myelination
    • at P21, myelin sheath thickness is reduced compared to in wild-type mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • at P21, mice exhibit a 40% decrease in phosphatidyl ethanolamine in myelin compared to in wild-type mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • at P21, normal fatty acid-containing Galc cerebroside is reduced 40% compared to in wild-type mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • however, the level of hydroxyl fatty acid-containing Galc cerebroside is normal   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • myelin degeneration is more pronounced at P70 than at P21   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • abnormal oligodendrocyte morphology
    • at P21, loss of oligodendrocytes occurs in lesion areas unlike in wild-type mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • at P30, oligodendrocyte loss occurs in the spinal cord gray matter unlike in wild-type mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • at P70, the number of oligodendrocytes is increased in the brainstem (medial pons) and spinal cord gray matter   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • astrocytosis   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • axon degeneration
    • at P120, 30% fewer axons are found in the cerebellar white matter compared to in heterozygous mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • brain vacuoles
    • at P14, vacuoles are detected in the cerebellar white matter in the Purkinje cell layer and brainstem unlike in wild-type mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • mice exhibit progressive vacuolar degeneration that affects the forebrain, cerebral cortex, hippocampus, subcortical white matter regions, midbrain, pons and cerebellum where the granule cell layer, Purkinje cell layer and white matter show defects unlike in wild-type mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • lateral sections of the cerebellar sagittal plane exhibit more increasingly severe white matter lesions   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • at P70, vacuolization expands into subcortical white matter, brainstem, cerebellum and spinal cord gray matter   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • at P70, the dorsal pons is more severely affected than the rest of the pons by vacuolization   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • vacuolization is caused by the splitting of the myelin sheath   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • enlarged lateral ventricles
    • widened at P70   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • seizures
  • spongiform encephalopathy
    • beginning at P14, mice exhibit progressive spongiform degeneration   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • mice exhibit progressive neuropathy similar to in Aspanur7/Aspanur7 Ugt8atm1Pop/Ugt8a+ mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • behavior/neurological phenotype
  • abnormal gait
    • at P21, mice exhibit a wide ataxic gait   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • ataxia
    • at P21, mice exhibit a wide ataxic gait   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • at P70, ataxia is slightly increased compared to in younger mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • hypoactivity
    • animals have reduced open field activity   (MGI Ref ID J:85113)
    • young mice are hypoactive   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • impaired coordination
    • at P42 to P56, mice exhibit a 50% decreased in latency to fall on a rotarod compared to wild-type mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • lethargy   (MGI Ref ID J:85113)
  • seizures
  • tremors
    • late onset; develop upon movement   (MGI Ref ID J:85113)
    • adult mice tremble during movement   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • mice develop more severe tremors as they age   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • at P70, tremors are slightly increased compared to in younger mice   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
  • growth/size/body phenotype
  • decreased body size   (MGI Ref ID J:143201)
    • affected animals are smaller than littermates   (MGI Ref ID J:85113)
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Research Applications
This mouse can be used to support research in many areas including:

Neurobiology Research
Ataxia (Movement) Defects
Epilepsy
Myelination Defects
Neurodegeneration
Neuromuscular Defects
Tremor Defects

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Genes & Alleles

Gene & Allele Information provided by MGI

 
Allele Symbol Aspanur7
Allele Name neurological 7
Allele Type Chemically induced (ENU)
Common Name(s) neurological (nur) 07; nurm07Jus; small lethargic;
Strain of OriginC57BL/6J
Gene Symbol and Name Aspa, aspartoacylase
Chromosome 11
Gene Common Name(s) ACY2; ASP; Acy-2; Acy2; aminoacylase 2; neurological 7; nur7; small lethargic;
Molecular Note Exon 4 contains a point mutation of C to T at position 577 that results in an amino acid substitution of a stop codon for glutamine at position 193 (Q193X). The absence of protein expression was confirmed by western blot on brain extracts. [MGI Ref ID J:143201]

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Additional References

Aspanur7 related

Boles MK; Wilkinson BM; Wilming LG; Liu B; Probst FJ; Harrow J; Grafham D; Hentges KE; Woodward LP; Maxwell A; Mitchell K; Risley MD; Johnson R; Hirschi K; Lupski JR; Funato Y; Miki H; Marin-Garcia P; Matthews L; Coffey AJ; Parker A; Hubbard TJ; Rogers J;Bradley A; Adams DJ; Justice MJ. 2009. Discovery of candidate disease genes in ENU-induced mouse mutants by large-scale sequencing, including a splice-site mutation in nucleoredoxin PLoS Genet 5(12):e1000759. [PubMed: 20011118]  [MGI Ref ID J:161341]

Kile BT; Hentges KE; Clark AT; Nakamura H; Salinger AP; Liu B; Box N; Stockton DW; Johnson RL; Behringer RR; Bradley A; Justice MJ. 2003. Functional genetic analysis of mouse chromosome 11. Nature 425(6953):81-6. [PubMed: 12955145]  [MGI Ref ID J:85113]

Lang J; Maeda Y; Bannerman P; Xu J; Horiuchi M; Pleasure D; Guo F. 2013. Adenomatous polyposis coli regulates oligodendroglial development. J Neurosci 33(7):3113-30. [PubMed: 23407966]  [MGI Ref ID J:194259]

Traka M; Wollmann RL; Cerda SR; Dugas J; Barres BA; Popko B. 2008. Nur7 is a nonsense mutation in the mouse aspartoacylase gene that causes spongy degeneration of the CNS. J Neurosci 28(45):11537-49. [PubMed: 18987190]  [MGI Ref ID J:143201]

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The genotypes of the animals provided may not reflect those discussed in the strain description or the mating scheme utilized by The Jackson Laboratory prior to cryopreservation. Please inquire for possible genotypes for this specific strain.

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Colony Maintenance

Breeding & HusbandryWhen maintaining a live colony, heterozygous mice may be bred. The donating investigator reports that homozygous mice are poor breeders.

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    The average number of mice provided from recovery of our cryopreserved strains is 10. The total number of animals provided, their gender and genotype will vary. We will fulfill your order by providing at least two pair of mice, at least one animal of each pair carrying the mutation of interest. Please inquire if larger numbers of animals with specific genotype and genders are needed. Animals typically ship between 10 and 14 weeks from the date of your order. If a second cryorecovery is needed in order to provide the minimum number of animals, animals will ship within 25 weeks. IMPORTANT NOTE: The genotypes of animals provided may not reflect the mating scheme utilized by The Jackson Laboratory prior to cryopreservation, or that discussed in the strain description. Please inquire about possible genotypes which will be recovered for this specific strain. The Jackson Laboratory cannot guarantee the reproductive success of mice shipped to your facility. If the mice are lost after the first three days (post-arrival) or do not produce progeny at your facility, a new order and fee will be necessary.

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Cryopreserved

Cryopreserved Mice - Ready for Recovery

Price (US dollars $)
Cryorecovery* $2782.00
Animals Provided

At least two mice that carry the mutation (if it is a mutant strain) will be provided. Their genotypes may not reflect those discussed in the strain description. Please inquire for possible genotypes and see additional details below.

Standard Supply

Cryopreserved. Ready for recovery. Please refer to pricing and supply notes on the strain data sheet for further information.

Supply Notes

  • Cryorecovery - Standard.
    Progeny testing is not required.

    The average number of mice provided from recovery of our cryopreserved strains is 10. The total number of animals provided, their gender and genotype will vary. We will fulfill your order by providing at least two pair of mice, at least one animal of each pair carrying the mutation of interest. Please inquire if larger numbers of animals with specific genotype and genders are needed. Animals typically ship between 10 and 14 weeks from the date of your order. If a second cryorecovery is needed in order to provide the minimum number of animals, animals will ship within 25 weeks. IMPORTANT NOTE: The genotypes of animals provided may not reflect the mating scheme utilized by The Jackson Laboratory prior to cryopreservation, or that discussed in the strain description. Please inquire about possible genotypes which will be recovered for this specific strain. The Jackson Laboratory cannot guarantee the reproductive success of mice shipped to your facility. If the mice are lost after the first three days (post-arrival) or do not produce progeny at your facility, a new order and fee will be necessary.

    Cryorecovery to establish a Dedicated Supply for greater quantities of mice. Mice recovered can be used to establish a dedicated colony to contractually supply you mice according to your requirements. Price by quotation. For more information on Dedicated Supply, please contact JAX® Services, Tel: 1-800-422-6423 (from U.S.A., Canada or Puerto Rico only) or 1-207-288-5845 (from any location).

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