Spatiotemporal Labeling of Melanocytes in Mice
AbstractMelanocytes are pigment producing cells in the skin that give rise to cutaneous malignant melanoma, which is a highly aggressive and the deadliest form of skin cancer. Studying melanocytes in vivo is often difficult due to their small proportion in the skin and the lack of specific cell surface markers. Several genetically-engineered mouse models (GEMMs) have been created to specifically label the melanocyte compartment. These models give both spatial and temporal control over the expression of a cellular ‘beacon’ that has an added benefit of inducible expression that can be activated on demand. Two powerful models that are discussed in this review include the melanocyte-specific, tetracycline-inducible green fluorescent protein expression system (iDct-GFP), and the fluorescent ubiquitination-based cell cycle indicator (FUCCI) model that allows for the monitoring of the cell-cycle. These two systems are powerful tools in studying melanocyte and melanoma biology. We discuss their current uses and how they could be employed to help answer unresolved questions in the fields of melanocyte and melanoma biology. View Full-Text
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Preston, S.; Aras, S.; Zaidi, M.R. Spatiotemporal Labeling of Melanocytes in Mice. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 1469.
Preston S, Aras S, Zaidi MR. Spatiotemporal Labeling of Melanocytes in Mice. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2018; 19(5):1469.Chicago/Turabian Style
Preston, Sarah; Aras, Shweta; Zaidi, M. R. 2018. "Spatiotemporal Labeling of Melanocytes in Mice." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 19, no. 5: 1469.
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