The functional study of Y chromosome genes has been hindered by a lack of mouse models with specific Y chromosome mutations. We used transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN)-mediated gene editing in mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) to produce mice with targeted gene disruptions and insertions in two Y-linked genes - Sry and Uty. TALEN-mediated gene editing is a useful tool for dissecting the biology of the Y chromosome.
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We thank K. Ganz and R. Flannery for support with animal care and experiments. We thank Jaenisch and Page laboratory members for helpful discussions on the manuscript. A.W.C. is supported by a Croucher scholarship. D.C.P. and Y.-C.H. were supported by Howard Hughes Medical Institute. R.J., H.W., S.M., G.G.W., C.S.S. and A.W.C. were supported by US National Institutes of Health grants R37-HD045022 and R01-CA084198. T.P. was supported by US National Institutes of Health grant R01-HG000257.
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