Isolation and characterization of mammalian cells expressing the Arf promoter during eye development

Nida S. Iqbal, Lin Xu, Caitlin C. Devitt, Stephen X. Skapek

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Although many researchers have successfully uncovered novel functions of the tumor suppressor p19Arf utilizing various types of cultured cancer cells and immortalized fibroblasts, these systems do not accurately reflect the endogenous environment in which Arf is developmentally expressed. We addressed this by isolating perivascular cells (PVCs) from the primary vitreous of the mouse eye. This rare cell type normally expresses the p19Arf tumor suppressor in a non-pathological, developmental context. We utilized fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) to purify the cells by virtue of a GFP reporter driven by the native Arf promoter and then characterized their morphology and gene expression pattern. We further examined the effects of reintroduction of Arf expression in the Arf GFP/GFP PVCs to verify expected downstream effectors of p19Arf as well as uncover novel functions of Arf as a regulator of vasculogenesis. This methodology and cell culture model should serve as a useful tool to examine p19Arf biology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-249
Number of pages11
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Arf
  • Eye development
  • Hyaloid regression
  • Perivascular cells
  • Primary cell isolation
  • Primary vitreous

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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