of Mice: RIII
Inbr 80+. Albino: A,c.
Origin: Dobrovolskaia-Zavadskaia, Inst.
du Radium, Paris 1928, then see below. High mammary tumour incidence in
The following substrains are recognised:
Origin as above.
Dobrovolskaia-Zavadskaia to Andervont.
From Severi (Perugia) to Muhlbock (Amsterdam) 1964. Differs from the other
substrains at the Hbb
Short latency to emerge from home cage (2/7), high rearing in Y-maze (2/7),
high hole-in-the-wall entries (1/7), high exploration in Y-maze (2/7),
high number of stairs climbed (2/7) and low urination score (7/7) (McClearn et al., 1970
Life-span and spontaneous disease
Long life-span in conventional conditions (19/22 = 685 days in males,
16/22 = 655 days in females) (Storer, 1966
High incidence (88%) of mammary tumours in breeding females (Heston,
), but a low proportion are of the acinar type (7/7) (Tengbergen,
). Ovarian tumours 60% in breeding females, 50% in virgin females
). Mammary tumours 96% at 9 months
(Schlom et al., 1973
., 1973), 70% at 12
months (Seman and Dmochowski, 1973
been known to loose the mammary tumour virus spontaneously (Andervont and Dunn, 1962
Normal physiology and biochemistry
High plasma cholinesterase activity (6/22 in females, 4/22 in males) (Angel et al., 1967
., 1967). Mammary gland
sensitive to oestradiol and progesterone (1/7) (Singh
et al., 1970
., 1970). High brain cholinesterase activity (1/5) (Pryor et al., 1966
Small kidney/body weight ratio (18/21) (Schlager,
). Low total leukocyte count (17/18), low erythrocyte count (15/18),
high mean corpuscular volume (4/18) (Russell
et al., 1951
., 1951). High proportion of basophilic cells in adenohypophysis
(1/5) (Keramidas and Symeonidis, 1973
Adrenal gland has a small X zone (8/8), with a low incidence of vacuolisation
(6/6) (Delost and Chirvan-Nia, 1958
Sensitive to X-irradiation (24/27) (Roderick,
). Low susceptibility to endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (5/5) (Heppner and Weiss, 1965
High lymphocyte phytohaemagglutinin response (5/43) (Heiniger et al., 1975
., 1975). Erythrocytes have a high
agglutinability (cf. 14/25) (Rubinstein
et al., 1974
Poor reproductive performance (7/8), litter size 6.1 _ 0.2 and sterility
31% (Nagasawa et al., 1973
In 1967 both RIII and RIII/An maintained at The Jackson Laboratory failed
to produce viable young. RIII/2J was developed from a cross between the
two substrains. Name later changed to RIIIS. High serum complement activity
(c.f. 8/26) (Ong et al 1989)
RIIIS carries no detectable endogenous ecotropic MuLV DNA sequences (Jenkins et al 1982
). High ED50 to behavioural
effects of nicotine (16/19) (Marks et al 1989
Has the largest known deletion of the T cell receptor (TCR) V beta genes,
having lost approximately 130 kb of V beta chromosome and with it 13 V
beta genes out of the known 21 V beta genes of the TCR. The deletion is
marked by the presence of V beta 10 gene upstream and V beta 3 gene downstream.
(Haqqi et al 1989
Develops a condition resembling human type I von Willebrand's disease
characterised by a prolonged bleeding time, normal von Willebrand factor
multimer (VWF) distribution, autosomal dominant inheritance and proportionally
decreased plasma von Willebrand factor antigen and factor VIII activity.
The disease is caused by a genetic defect at a locus distinct from the
murine von Willebrand factor gene (Nichols
et al, 1994). A single dominant modifier locus (Mvwf) on
distil chromosome 11 accounted for 63% of variation in plasma VWF levels
in a cross with CASA/Rk. This is distinct from the Vwf locus
on chromosome 6 (Mohlke et al, 1996).
Resistant to the induction of arthritis by type II collagen (Ortman et al, 1994). Carries two mutations causing defects
in cortosteroid-binding globulin (Orava et
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INBRED STRAINS OF MICE
Updated 9 Apr. 1998
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