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Strain Description Transgenic
  • K18-hACE2 transgenic mice express human ACE2, the receptor used by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) to gain entry to cells. The human keratin 18 (KRT18) promoter directs expression to epithelia, including airway epithelial cells where infections typically begin. This model of lethal infection with SARS-CoV mimics the human SARS disease. Recent research indicates this line may be useful in studying antiviral therapies for the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pathogenesis and the disease outbreak COVID-19.


  • Please note, these mice should be handled in a manner consistent with CDC/ABSA/WHO guidelines for prevention of human infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.



  • These mice are sold subject to The Jackson Laboratory’s Conditions of Use and also the Australian Patent Number (2004268530). Information regarding conditions of use is available at: http://jaxmice.jax.org/cou/index.html



k18-hACE2 Mouse