Multiple ovarian transplants to rescue a transgenic line of mice.
ABSTRACT Transgenic mice are useful tools for studying gene function and regulation but can be difficult to successfully breed. To 'rescue' transgenic lines that are difficult to propagate, researchers use a variety of techniques. One method is ovarian transplant, in which researchers remove ovaries from a donor transgenic mouse, cryopreserve the ovarian tissue, transplant this tissue into histocompatible female mice and breed these recipient females. Though it is a useful technique, cryopreservation can potentially damage ovarian tissue, which could reduce fertility. In this article, the authors describe how they carried out ovarian transplants without cryopreservation to rescue a line of transgenic C57BL/6 mice. Other researchers who have experience with mouse reproductive surgery should be able to use this technique to rescue infertile transgenic lines of mice.