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Knockout mice lacking the orphan nuclear receptor steroidogenic factor 1 (SF1) exhibit a complex endocrine phenotype that includes adrenal and gonadal agenesis, impaired expression of pituitary gonadotropins, and absence of the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VMH). These multiple defects complicate efforts to delineate primary versus secondary effects of(More)
The 'paired'-like homeodomain transcription factor Prop1 is essential for the expansion of the pituitary primordia and for the differentiation and/or function of the hormone-producing cells of the anterior pituitary gland. Prop1 expression is normally extinguished before transcription of most differentiation markers is initiated. We report that constitutive(More)
Organ-specific expression of a cre recombinase transgene allows for the analysis of gene function in a particular tissue or cell type. Using a 4.6 kb promoter from the mouse glycoprotein hormone alpha-subunit (alphaGSU or Cga) gene, we have generated and characterized a line of transgenic mice that express cre recombinase in the anterior and intermediate(More)
The bacteriophage Cre recombinase provides a powerful approach for tissue-specific gene inactivation. Using a Cre transgene driven by the common alpha subunit of glycoprotein hormones (alphaGSU-Cre), we have previously inactivated steroidogenic factor 1 (SF-1) in the anterior pituitary, causing hypogonadotropic hypogonadism with sexual infantilism,(More)
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