／Animal Resource Center for Infectious Diseases About Animal Resource Center
To study infectious diseases and cancer, it is important to analyze interactions between pathogenic factors and the human body. Animal models are indispensable for biomedical research, particularly since molecular biology and biotechnology methods can be used to generate genetically modified mice that aid our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying such diseases. Experimentally infected animals and genetically engineered animals used for these purposes should be managed in a suitable, safe, and controlled manner. The Animal Resource Center for Infectious Diseases is a unique facility that was established in 1967 to meet these requirements. The center is equipped with pass-through-type autoclave systems and HEPA filtered air exchange systems to minimize the risk of contamination so that infected or genetically engineered animals are maintained in a safe environment. The animals are housed in three areas: SPF (specific pathogen free), BSL (biosafety level) 2, and BSL3. Before gaining access to restricted areas, researchers must take an official orientation and submit a research plan for committee review. The condition of the animals is monitored regularly. Our facility provides the following services: generation of genetically manipulated animals, in vitro fertilization, and cryopreservation of mouse strains（Table1). The facility provides these services in co-operation with the Department of Experimental Genome Research.
Table1 Tg, Transgenic; KO, Knockout; IVF, in vitro Fertilization; ET, Embryo transfer.
※Includes lines generated using the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system.
- Head, Professor: Masahito Ikawa
- Asst. Prof.: Keisuke Shimada
- Assoc. Prof. (concur.): Haruhiko Miyata
- Assoc. Prof.: Norikazu Yabuta
- Asst. Prof. (concur.): Taichi Noda
- SA Asst. Prof. (concur.): Daiji Kiyozumi
- SA Asst. Prof. (concur.): Tsutomu Endo