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ISSN : 1738-2432(Print)
ISSN : 2288-0151(Online)
Reproductive & developmental Biology Vol.41 No.3 pp.51-55

Knock-in Vector for Expression of Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 on the Bovine β-casein Gene Locus

Sang Young Kim1, Da Som Park1, Se Eun Kim1, Deog-Bon Koo2 and Man-Jong Kang1,† ,


The production of therapeutic protein from transgenic domestic animal is the major technology of biotechnology. Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is known to play an important role in the growth of the animal. The objective of this study is construction of knock-in vector that bovine IGF-1 gene is inserted into the exon 7 locus of β-casein gene and expressed using the gene regulatory DNA sequence of bovine β-casein gene. The knock-in vector consists of 5’ arm region (1.02 kb), bIGF-1 cDNA, CMV-EGFP, and 3’ arm region (1.81 kb). To express bIGF-1 gene as transgene, the F2A sequence was fused to the 5’ terminal of bIGF-1 gene and inserted into exon 7 of the β-casein gene. As a result, the knock-in vector is confirmed that the amino acids are synthesized without termination from the β-casein exon 7 region to the bIGF-1 gene by DNA sequence. These knock-in vectors may help to create transgenic dairy cattle expressing bovine bIGF-1 protein in the mammary gland via the expression system of the bovine β-casein gene.