we are looking to acquire some Balb/b mice, does anyone have some, or know whether their facility has them?
Here's a snippet from a paper's methods section:
BALB/c, B10.D2, BALB.B, 129/Sv, and C57BL/6 mice were obtained from Charles River WIGA (Sulzfeld, Germany).
Is it possible that the BALB.B mentioned above is the one you're after? I've never come across a BALB/b strain. Out of interest, what is the difference between the /b and /c?
I think that Harlan labs do a balb/b strain.
I also know of Balb/cByJ - is that possibly the strain that you are referring to? Jackson labs is a supplier of them.http://jaxmice.jax.org/findmice/popular.html
yes the thing is, rather than paying £1000 to import them to the UK, I was just posting to see if anyone who works in the UK had them in their facility and perhaps we could negotiate.
I believe the mice have a minor MHC mismatch.
Also they are quite expensive from Harlan and Jackson, so we would like to be sure there are no other options before we potentially bought them.
BALB.B is a congenic BALB/c mouse that has the H-2b (C57BL/6) MHC locus. This is NOT a minor MHC mismatch, it is a complete MHC mismatch.